Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and gave his “I Have A Dream” speech to thousands who came to support the Civil Rights Movement in this country. He spoke of little black girls and boys sharing the same equality with little white girls and boys. We have come a long way over the past fifty years.
When I taught school twenty years later, in what was a former all black Southern school, things had changed. All the children in our town, both black and white, shared the same space in our school. My class had black, white, and Hispanic students in it. As you can see in the photo above, they all enjoyed working together on our projects. Dr. King’s dream was becoming a reality.
King’s dream of children
playing together as friends
Slowly coming true
Photo: Dwight L. Roth
Frank Tassone asked us to think about how things had changed because of the Civil Rights Movement. He told us to write a Haikai poem that included the word equality. I began my teaching career as integration came into full swing. Children learned to live and play together in a very different way from their parents’ generation. This Haibun shows this happening in real time.