In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Washington Mall





Dream of a Promised Land

“I have a dream,” said Dr. King,
A dream that one day all
God’s children everywhere
(The grown ones and the small)

Will walk in peace and tolerance
Together hand in hand
Judged only by their character.
He dreamed this Promised Land.

“I have a dream,” said Dr. King.
That one day when we sing
Of a sweet land of liberty, 
That freedom’s sound will ring

From every hill and mountainside
With a meaning that is new
A symphony of brotherhood;
In a Land of Promise true.

He did not live to see his dream.
It was not shared by all.
But hatred cannot murder Faith.
And we must now stand tall,

Taught to be brave by this brave man,
And honor Dr. King
By speaking up for truth and right,
Inspired by his dream

And work to bring about the time
When all can understand:
The content of our character
Creates the Promised Land.


Excerpt from Year-Round Read-Aloud, Read-Along Rhymes: Celebrating Holidays and Seasons

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