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I Dream of Dr. Martin Luther King

Updated on January 30, 2011

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

(January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968)
(January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968) | Source

When I think of Dr. King

I let freedom ring

with my Civil Rights team

Long live the Dream

Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Dr King and Gandhi used non-violence

I celebrate his birthday, a national holiday

A tribute, I pay

We shall overcome some day

the cops with the hose spray

Black and White Only signs

Racism aligns

Segregation in effect

We didn't have a privilege to vote, elect

Dr. King lead the march from Montgomery to DC

Where he gave his famous speech, a great MC

Colored women raped, colored men to beat

Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat

That's what led to the bus boycott

Along side Dr. King, Mrs. Coretta Scott

Why not, a Nobel Peace Prize honor

Birmingham, he had stopped Bull O'Connor

Dr. King addressed the Black work equality

of the strike in Memphis, Tennessee

Lorraine Motel, he stood on the balcony

Rev. Jesse Jackson, Dr. Ralph Abernathy

April 4, 1968 is an unforgettable tragedy

The whole country cried tears of thee

Each January, its homage to Dr. King's legacy

A good leader, then came the riots

Had a goal to end Vietnam War, battle jet pilots

Since then, the nation hasn't really been the same

Not many activists as memorable as Dr. King's name

Not enough world fighters for the cause, its strange

At least over the years, we have seen change

Finally, justice for four girls' bombing in Alabama

Blacks can now run the states, president, Barack Obama

I fear no man as I've been to top of the mountain

I can sit with others and drink from the same fountain

Dr. Martin Luther King is my future, my past



©2011, Alphonso Taylor. All rights reserved. No republication of this material, in any form or medium, is permitted without express permission of the author.

Martin Luther King Jr. - I Have a Dream
Martin Luther King Jr. - I Have a Dream

"I have a dream today." On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King spoke these words as he addressed a crowd of more than 200,000 civil rights protesters gathered at The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Two months earlier, President John Kennedy had sent a civil rights bill to Congress, but it was struck down. Although Kennedy was concerned about the possibility of widespread violence during this protest, he realized he was powerless to stop it and embraced the movement instead. Known as the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom," the country expected to hear King deliver strong words to his opponents. Instead, his "I Have a Dream" speech was one of heartfelt passion and poetic eloquence that still echoes in our memory.


The late, great Paul Winfield tackles the role of his career in King, an NBC miniseries originally broadcast over three nights in February 1978. Demonstrating a deeply inspired commitment to his performance as civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Winfield's voice and presence are different from King's, but he flawlessly conveys the physical and psychological essence of the man. In the six-hour telefilm written and directed by Judgment at Nuremberg Oscar®-winner Abby Mann, King is portrayed as a courageously devoted crusader for a just cause, whose commitment to nonviolent protest was a heavy burden he bore with miraculous poise and conviction, often at the expense of his health and well-being. Like Winfield, Cicely Tyson is uncannily convincing in her role as King's noble wife, Coretta.



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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      A great man who should be honored for all time.