"Any law that uplifts human personality is just.
Any law that degrades human personality is unjust."
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Today is an important day.
Earlier this week, Carol Rasco from Rasco from RIF tweeted, "Dr. King's letter from the Birmingham Jail and the statement by local clergy prompting the letter. http://bit.ly/hDM72e"
I followed Carol's link and through her blog found Dr. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail and the Statement by Alabama Clergymen Directed Against Martin Luther King Jr. I had never read either of these documents before, and if you have not done so, I highly recommend you do.
Students -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s letter is so strong, so eloquent, and choosing one point was important to me in writing today's poem. This section inspired me deeply:
"First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice...Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."
I wanted to write about silence, how choosing silence is as dangerous as choosing evil. I began writing and very soon, I began to struggle with rhyme. Entering "silent" into RhymeZone, there was only one rhyme: violent. I was startled, and I knew that this rhyme would form the foundation of my poem.
Today we can read about the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial under construction in Washington DC. Every day we can live our lives as walking memorials, standing up for good and speaking out for justice.
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