One never hides his face when reaching the summit of a mountain. The long and arduous journey, up the treacherous rock face, challenges all that we have within us. Reaching the top, we see the grand vista below.
It calls for us to cry out, “I’m here!!” “I made it to the top!”
And, as we pause, we hear the echo of our voice, reverberating from the distant valley,
“I am here! …am here!” .. am here!”
“I made it to the top! …the top … the top”
As I reflect on D. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, at the Lincoln Memorial, I see the same thing happening.
Maya Angelou described it this way,
“The Rock cries out to us today,
You may stand upon me,
But do not hide your face.”
We still hear those echoes today! “I’m here……”
At d‘Verse today, we are writing prose. Frank asked us to write a piece of only 144 words reflecting on and including the quote from Maya Angelou. Today is Martin Luther King Day in the US.
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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.
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