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Standing Tall
- poem by Jamie Mcakenzie

(In honor of Martin Luther King)

Some kings rule their kingdoms sitting down surrounded by luxury, soft cushions and fans
But this king stood strong, stood proud, stood tall

When the driver told Rosa "Move to the back of the bus!"
When the waiter told students "We don't serve your kind!"
When the Mayor told voters "Your vote doesn't count!"
And when the sheriff told marchers "Get off our streets!"
using fire hoses, police dogs and cattle prods to move them along
This King stood strong, stood proud, stood tall

Speaking of peace, of love, and children hand in hand
free at last, free at last

When some yelled for violence, for angry revenge
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth
He stood his ground,preaching peace

And when some spit out hate, he stood there smiling, spreading love
Until it rolled like the sea across the land
Sweeping away Jim Crow, breaking down the walls
Ringing the bell joyfully for Freedom

Until, standing on the mountain top, they shot him
Coldly, hoping to see him fall, hoping to put him away, to bring him low

But this King, even in death, even today
stands strong, stands proud, stands tall
And we remember

c. 1982, Jamie McKenzie, all rights reserved. This poem may be printed and shared by schools.
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