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Maetin Luther King Day Poem - Poem by Tom Zart

Dr. King, one of the most influential black leaders
Was born to a minister and a teacher of school.
Educated to where he earned his PH.D.
Becoming a pastor marching against what was unfair and cruel.

Leading a boycott to protest bus segregation
As he preached and marched for freedom for all
He was jailed, threatened, spat on and beaten
As for peaceful demonstration he would call.

Marching to Washington, In 1963
Voicing concern for the plight of the poor.
Soon thereafter, he was killed by a sniper
In Memphis, supporting workers' rights and more.

An ethical void in our world's leadership
Has existed for too long a while.
It's time for America to step up to bat
Putting the demons of death to the trial.

Dr. King will be remembered down through history
With words for all to prayerfully remember.
To be judged, not by color, but by character
Shunning violence never to surrender.

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Topic(s) of this poem: love and life

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 18, 2016

Poem Edited: Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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