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Inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted on February 20, 2017

by Ms. Abe on February 20, 2017

I have been reading a chapter book about Martin Luther King, Junior's life to the third and fourth graders. Every time I read this book, I have to shake my head in amazement. I mean, I have been concerned about the division we have in America now. However, back in the 1960's -- which isn't too long ago! -- President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, there was a peaceful march in Selma that turned violent, there was a riot in Watts. Talk about a nation divided! Any unity and peace was painfully earned, literally step by step. Reverend King, even in the face of extreme violence, continued to exhort people to protest peacefully and not lower themselves to hate others.

As part of a reflection upon the book, the 3/4 students wrote poetry. These poems describe one image (out of many) they visualized in their heads and then drew while I read aloud. At the end of the poem is a quote that Martin Luther King Jr said during his short lifetime; the students chose one that they thought would be appropropriate for their poem.

I see a house

a door

three windows

a tree

triangle roof

a bomb

in front of the house

Martin's house

"There is some good in the worst of us

and some evil in the best of us.

When we discover this

we are less prone to hate our enemies."

by Peyton


Can you imagine

you are six years old

walking down the street


stop you

tell you to turn around

but you keep on walking

They take you to jail

on a school bus

a yellow school bus

"Hate cannot drive out hate;

Only love can do that."

by Tori


four black boys

sitting in a restaurant

all the waiters

and waitresses


asking them

for their order

white people

looking at them


because they

should not be there

"Faith is taking the first step

even when you don't see

the whole staircase"

by Erika


people marching

blacks and whites together

holding hands

across the bridge


towards the tear gas

"I have a dream

that little black boys and girls

will be holding hands

with little white boys and girls"

by Terynn


They were red

a petal

a leaf

a stem

It's plastic

Martin gave Coretta fake flowers

so she can keep them


by Lani