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by Nordette Adams
Saturday, June 05, 2004
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A tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968)

"They said to one another, 'Behold, here cometh the dreamer. Let us slay him,
And we shall see what will become of his dreams" --Genesis 37: 19-20 ...Inscription on the plaque at Lorraine Hotel,
Memphis, TN, site of Martin Luther King, Jr's assassination. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated in the United States of America every third Monday of January. He was born January 15, 1929.

If you use the poem 'Remembering a Life' by Nordette Adams, please do not change the text and please give the poet credit for authorship. ~~Thank you.


Remembering A Life
By Nordette Adams


I remember him in the misted vision of toddler years
and again in girlhood, ... For the full text of this poem, please visit this page
at the author's personal website: "Remembering a Life"

© Copyright January 2004 Nordette Adams
"Marking Martin's Day"—Another Poem for MLK Day

Please visit the WritingJunkie.net King Webpage
http://king.writingjunkie.net


Adams's Martin Luther King Poem, "Remembering a Life" Used at 40th Anniversary. It has been used at other events as well, including school programs.

MLK Day 2007: Celebrating the Drum Major for Justice and Peace as We March Further into War

Honoring Coretta Scott King
(Mrs. King): "Quiet Strength"

"Behind the Color Blind", another of Adams's poems that has been used for special events.

Like a Revelation's Day, a poem looking at violence against our children.

The Urban Mothers' Book of Prayers

Remembering the remarkable Rosa Parks
(February 14, 1913-October 24, 2005)






Carmen Ruggero asked me to add the following words to her earlier review. The system would not let her add the new information after so much time has passed.

Years ago, I was coming out of a restaurant in Los Angeles, and a man walking a few feet ahead of me was shot by someone hidden from view; the weapon had a silencer because no one heard the shot or saw any one, anywhere -- it was no doubt a professional hit. The man bled to death before my eyes in something like ten minutes. A life was gone just like that. We read of such things in newspapers, hear it in the news, but until you see it with your own eyes, it doesn't really hit home that a life was snatched, that some one was robbed of his right to live. That incident took place some 30 years ago, but I still remember as if it was yesterday. I never understood the cold blood it takes to take a human life. Assasinations never made any sense to me; much less the killing of men who advocated peace and unity. I can't imagine ever holding such hatred in my heart and much less to direct it to men as Martin Luther King, dedicated to peace. I remember too. I remember asking myself why and when are we going to stop long enough to see ourselves in unity and peace, and only as members of the human race -- the only one recognized by God; in the year 2006, I still don't have an answer and perhaps my faith has become tarnished and warped by the fact that things keep getting worse, but I don't think I'll find that answer in my lifetime. It didn't make sense then, and it doesn't make sense now.
Carmen





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Reviewed by Asa Seeley 3/20/2012
when i read, 'strength to love' i understood and appreciated so much more the gift that God gave the world but for a time. thanks for sharing.

asa
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 1/18/2010
a tragic loss for our country to loose such a great man
a spiritual warrior for truth...
To Tribute a Wonderful Soul
In Love's Somber Remembrance
Poetess Victoria L. McColley
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 1/18/2010
Martin Luther King captivated the nation and the world. His message was a good one. His words were perfect ones. He had his dream and the time was perfect for him to shout it, which he did eloquently and forcefully. That he lost his life on that sad day in Memphis only galvanized the nation to carry on with his dream. If he had it to do over today I have no doubt that he would give his life for that dream. Over the years his dream has been hijacked by would-be preachers and peace activists, but are basically only promoting themselves. I believe Martin Luther King is in a good place and I believe he is saddened by the misuse of his name. Concerning Carmen's add on, civilized people of all races have a difficult time understanding the abject hate inside a person's heart that could fire the bullet that takes someone like Martin Luther King's life. But in the case where Carmen was witness to there are men and women walking this earth who contract out for hire and have nothing in their hearts except the cold hard cash. If taking a life it how to acquire that cash, their hearts are so hardened and callous that it is no more than throwing a rock and breaking a window. Beautiful tribute Nordette.
Reviewed by Geoff M. Pope (Reader) 1/18/2010
A tremendous, enduring poem.
I look forward to reading more
of your honorable work, Ms. Adams.

Geoff M. Pope
Reviewed by John Domino 7/30/2008
TIMELESS TRUIBUTE TO A GREAT MAN!
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 2/2/2008
A beautiful tribute to a beautiful American Hero. He didicated his life to Peace and Loving one another; he accomplished that with a "beginning"; he accomplished that by opening minds; he accomplished that with a bringing-together of most Americans.

This is a timeless tribute to be read any day of the year, again and again. Thanks for this...

Micke
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 1/17/2008
YES!!! Let us recognize and Do!
A treasure I will savor!
And... I am so happy I didn't miss this AWESOME Tribute to a mighty big important Man!
WE must dream ON! Faith!!!! and Hope!!!

Warmed in the Spirit, Warrior Purple Lady Sweet Sheooxoo

STay Positive!
Reviewed by Flying Fox Ted L Glines 9/30/2007
Beautiful tribute, Nordette, to a great and gentle man of vision. The images you present ... I remember them well, for I was proudly a participant in his/our push for unity and love. Thanks to the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, we have come a long way, and we still have a long way to go, and his vision will drive us ever forward until his/our dream is fully realized. It is writings like this which keep the heart-fires burning. Well done!

Ted
Reviewed by Louisa Dobbins 3/1/2007
This one will NEVER GROW OLD. This is forever.
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 2/8/2007
I don't know how I missed this write...or overlooked it but I am so glad that I stummbled onto it...this is such a moving and worthy tribute to a very courageous man, a man that forever helped to change life for many. I was only five years old at the time of King's tragic death, I can recall bits and pieces of the tragic event that shook America...but over time I learned much about this passionate, caring, giving, and truly an American hero...I now enjoy teaching about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr each year in my classroom. I have a bulletin board outside my classroom right now, where my students have posted their own desires and dreams for our country and society...even though he is gone, his memory still lives on and he still still influences many...

Have you ever thought about the people that you want to meet when we get to Heaven? I have often thought about this, I know I will be anxious to see my family that has gone on before me, as I also have thought about others that influenced my life, neighbors, members of our church, and I know that I am anxious to meet Dr. Martin Luther King Jr once there...just a thought...

Enjoyed this so much Nordette...you've penned a wonderful tribute my friend! Sorry for the late posting...don't know how I missed this one!
Blessings my friend,
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by Joyce Hale 1/16/2007
Nordette, a moving tribute to a man who had courage and foresight, along with natural fear and remembrance of the past; and who used words and leadership to attempt to abolish the one with the other. Isn't it atrocious how there are those who try to silence and destroy those who would lift us up?! That is why the believers have remembered their names through the days, years, and centuries.

Peace. Joyce
Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 1/27/2006
'I remember him, a fearsome warrior crying peace,
a man--blemished by clay, the stain of sin as
any other, calling on the Rock--
Death's sickle on his coat tails, ...'

Here, Nordette, lies the 'heart of your words'. Yours, alone, yet, ours. I didn't have to read further, when, suprisingly, because I lost control of the page, and refound start, I found I could. :)

I will, I scanned, and I see the flow of orchid schematics... Oy! The agony, and the joy, of awareness and its prophecies, creates schismatic dynamics. The crux of continuation...

Beyond, when we arrive, we will find and talk to Dr. Martin, Jr., and his father. And, in the end, each other.

Always in harmony with your craziness,
and in awe of your acute, creative expungesess...

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 1/17/2006
This composition leads us to recall the presence of this
Most Revered Entity living as a human being,
and shows us the picture of a true leader...
"Remembering A Life: A Poem Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."
has sung the song of gratitude, fraternity and humanity, and gave
us a touching of Grace.

"Remembering A Life: A Poem Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."
has delivered its bouquet of ORCHIDS in honor of a Titan of love.

Thank You, Poet Nordette Adams for this
"Remembering A Life: A Poem Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."

Salutations and Benisons.

In gratitude and reverent admiration,


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Paul Williams 1/17/2006
This is just outstanding Nordette, forgive me for not visiting sooner, but I'm glad I did visit all your MLK pages. I am in awe, such a fantastic tribute to a truly great human being and inspirational man, may his memory live on always.

Paul;-)
Reviewed by jude forese 1/10/2006
you portray the essence of M.L.K. is this special tribute ...
Reviewed by Mary Lynn Plaisance 1/10/2006
On March 13, 1968, my third son was born. Three weeks later, I watched the breaking news of his death! I remember the whole thing on TV. I cried. Then, in 1998, my husband and I went up to Memphis. It was our first trip to Memphis, and we took a tour bus around the city. The tour bus stopped at the balcony that Martin Luther King got shot. There is always a bouquet of flowers on the balcony.

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/38457000/jpg/_38457513_mlkbalcony238.jpg

I remember feeling so sad, becasue it seemed that all the good people who wanted peace were dying! I remember. The world still grieves the loss of this man of peace, and always will.

Thank you for sharing this Nordette...
Peace and Love,

Mary Lynn Plaisance
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 1/10/2006
A much-needed tribute to public awareness of civil rights. Martin Luther King, the model of man malleability (rolled into shape) to safeguard freedom and human rights toward a more perfect justice. In the process of all he was and did, Martin Luther King became known by people of his own race as father, mother, teacher, older brother, and Higher Power.

No matter how Martin Luther King came across, he was the unequivocal leader of integration and, in our segragated groups, he was the sole person to share communications and histories of Negroes and whites alike. Thank you, Nordette for this powerful tribute to Martin Luther King!

Sage
Reviewed by Cynthia Borris 1/10/2006
Nordette,

Powerful words packed with emotion and strength of character. Not only of Martin Luther King's but words of your heart and spirit. Your character.

Thanks for sharing.

Cynthia
Reviewed by Aberjhani 1/10/2006
A formidable tribute to a formidable warrior for love, peace, and justice. King's legacy is not one the world can ever afford to forget. Fortunately, in addition to the United States, dozens of countries have marked his birthday as one of honor and remembrance.
Reviewed by M. B. 1/9/2006
Dr. Martin Luther King jr is an authentic American hero in the absolute fullest meaning of the word.

The dictionary defines hero as, 'A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life.'

Dr King's heroic efforts championed a movement that drew fully from the deep well of America's potential for freedom, opportunity and justice. Dr. Martin Luther King was known for and is remembered as a great orator whose impact on the American nation came from the eloquence and inspirational impact of his words. His speeches, sermons, public addresses and books melded themes of democracy deeply embedded in the American conscience, and Dr King reinvigorated these messages with clear and insightful reflections on the true meaning of justice and equality.*

The following quotes by Dr Martin Luther King jr attests to both his deep, inspirational wisdom and the skill in the eloquent manner he used language.

"There are two types of laws: there are just laws and there are unjust laws...What is the difference between the two?...An unjust law is a man-made code that is out of harmony with the moral law...Paul Tillich has said that sin is separation. Isn't segregation an existential expression of man's tragic separtion, an expression of his awful estrangement, his terrible sinfulness?"
– Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963

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World peace through nonviolent means is neither absurd nor unattainable. All other methods have failed. Thus we must begin anew. Nonviolence is a good starting point. Those of us who believe in this method can be voices of reason, sanity, and understanding amid the voices of violence, hatred, and emotion. We can very well set a mood of peace out of which a system of peace can be built.
– Martin Luther King, Jr. December 1964

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The question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind of extremist will we be.
- From "Letter from Birmingham Jail," April 16, 1963

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We are not makers of history. We are made by history.
- From Strength to Love, 1963

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I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."
- From the "I Have a Dream" speech, Aug. 28, 1963

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There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.
- From "Letter from Birmingham Jail," April 16, 1963

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We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.
- From "Letter from Birmingham Jail," April 16, 1963

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Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
- From Strength to Love, 1963

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I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
- Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech, Dec. 10, 1964

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I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
- From the "I Have a Dream" speech, Aug. 28, 1963

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Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
- The Measure of a Man, 1958

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A riot is the language of the unheard.
- From an address given in Birmingham, Ala., Dec. 31, 1963

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From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire, let freedom ring. From the mighty mountains of New York, let freedom ring. From the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania, let freedom ring. But not only that: Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
- From the "I Have a Dream" speech, Aug. 28, 1963

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Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.
- From "Letter from Birmingham Jail," April 16, 1963

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If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.
- On learning of threats on his life, June 5, 1964

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With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.
- Martin Luther King jr

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REMEMBERING A LIFE by Nordette Adams deeply honors this extraordinary hero who spoke illustrious words that moved a nation. Dr King would have been reduced to tears had he had a chance to read REMEMBERING A LIFE. In addition to sacrificing his life to bring equality, dignity and integrity to each and every American, white and black, Dr King loved language both on the page and from the lips as one can attest from the many speeches, commentaries, public addresses, sermons, articles and books both written and spoke from his heart.

Nordette, your last stanza:

Shall we walk again and remember him,
not as the Madison Aveners do,
but in solitude and hope
with acts of courage and compassion,
with lives of greater scope
carving fresh paths of righteousness?

speaks volumes and shows that even though your memories of this great man come to you through the misted vision of toddler years, you heard and you listened and you know. If just one person got it, that's all it takes to pass it on.

Gorgeous work, Nordette! Your words paint clear visions of firehoses battering black people down, the KKK cowardly covering their faces in sickly white sheets, ebony skinned people huddling around a TV waiting to know the fate of their people, the fate of their nation, the fate of their hero...

Much Love,
~Mari
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/9/2006
Nordette,

I pray we all honor Dr. King's message of equality by accepting others for whom they are. You've penned a powerful song worthy to be sung for peace for all peoples. Thank you.

(((HUGS))) and love, karla.
Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore 1/8/2006
a BEAUTIFUL and sobering tribute to a great man, nordette.
Reviewed by Iva Lawson 1/8/2006
Yes. I remember, too. Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech was listened to in my house via cassette tape. You see, my Auntie had been in the crowd that day. Complete with the "amens" of those in the crowd around her. To me, that made it much more powerful. Like I was there, too. I was young, but the importance of Dr. King was drilled into me by the behavior of my father, aunts and uncles.

I grew up in the midst of the Baptist church. Many relatives were ministers and many had a chance to meet the man or witness his powerful orations first-hand. I can remember hearing one of my minister uncles say that Dr. King was well aware of those who desired to silence him and that he would strive that much harder to get said what had to be said. That uncle also said that he'd never met a man so deeply convicted or so obviously led by God. I'm inclined to agree. Still very much human and still able to laugh with friends and love his family, he effected change.

I thank him for helping the world see itself. I thank him for holding a mirror up to the discriminations that went unnoticed by those who didn't live them. Thanks to the media of the day and to the magic of television, all were able to see what was really going on. As a result, the world has changed for the better. Opportunity that may not have existed for people of color is available to us. My prayer is that young Black men and women can appreciate what they have today. No, it isn't a perfect world and discrimination still exists, but you now have the power given to you by Dr. King and others of his time. They earned it with their blood and their lives. Grab it and run with it.
Reviewed by Henry Stevens 1/8/2006
The idea of brothers and sisters has been a long time coming and still not here. But that means there is ever a chance to speak up for the ideal of brothers and sisters. The message is ever fresh news and others will come forward to carry on the struggle. Dr. King was certainly one of our best spokepersons. I wait for for an other equal. The need is great, even though progress has been made. Great poem. Thanks. s/henry
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/7/2006
Thank you Nordette! Your tribute poem and page are outstanding!The Reverend Martin Luther King is a man to be honored for all time as a true man of peace and one who helped bring his peoples greatest advances! The images Of the march and him in Washingotn with the "I have A Dream" speech, is seared in my mind for all time, an excerpt below from a news article.
Eileen






"The demonstrators gathered at the Washington Monument, where a stage had been set up for morning entertainment. Joan Baez opened the program with "Oh Freedom" and also led a rendition of "We Shall Overcome." Other performers included Odetta; Josh White (Bayard Rustin had been his sideman thirty years earlier); the Albany Freedom Singers; Bob Dylan; and Peter, Paul and Mary, whose version of Dylan's civil rights anthem "Blowin' in the Wind" was then number two on the charts (after Martha and the Vandellas' "Heat Wave").



Before noon and ahead of schedule, impatient demonstrators began to march up Independence and Constitution Avenues to the Lincoln Memorial. The march leaders got word of this surprise development while lobbying on Capitol Hill, and they rushed to join the advancing throng. Enterprising march marshals opened a passageway for them so that they could be photographed arm in arm "leading" the march.



Press coverage was more extensive than for any previous political demonstration in U.S. history. A huge tent near the Lincoln Memorial held the march committee's "News HQ." The committee issued no fewer than 1,655 special press passes, augmenting the 1,220 members of the regular Washington press corps. News agencies sent large crews of reporters and photographers—some assigned to celebrities, others to everyday marchers, others to aerial coverage. Leading newspapers in many countries ran the march story on their front pages. It was also one of the first events to be broadcast live around the world, via the newly launched communications satellite Telstar. The three major television networks spent over three hundred thousand dollars (more than twice the march committee's budget) to broadcast the event. CBS covered the rally "gavel to gavel," from 1:30 to 4:30, canceling As the World Turns, Password, Art Linkletter's House Party, To Tell the Truth, The Edge of Night, and Secret Storm.



The huge audience heard many speakers and singers, both scheduled and unscheduled. One of the first, reading a speech written by James Baldwin, was Charlton Heston, representing an "arts contingent" that included Ossie Davis, Marlon Brando, Sammy Davis, Jr., Sidney Poitier, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll, Paul Newman, and Harry Belafonte. Josephine Baker, wearing her Free French uniform with her Legion of Honor decoration, was the only woman to speak at the rally. The exclusion of women speakers had been debated, with the all-male leadership opting for only a "Tribute to Women": Rustin introduced to the roaring crowd Rosa Parks, Daisy Bates, Diane Nash, Gloria Richardson (a leader from Cambridge, Maryland), and Mrs. Herbert Lee (widow of the slain Mississippi activist), as well as citing Myrlie Evers in absentia. Marian Anderson, the great contralto, made it to the platform too late to lead the national anthem as planned; instead, she later sang "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands."

Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 1/7/2006
One of the people I most admire in this life, Nordette. Your tribute is one worthy of such a soul.

Love & Light,
Joseph
Reviewed by Sandra Mushi 1/7/2006
A great tribute to an amazingly great and inspiring man, Nordette. There are very few of his kind in this confused world - who fight for reconcialiation and not division; who are committed to the struggle for peace throughout the world - non violently. A beautiful heartfelt write.

God bless,

Sandie.
Reviewed by Cynth'ya cynthyaspeaks@gmail.com 1/7/2006
As Carmen said Sis. 'Dette, this thing of life and death has its purpose. . . and it's all to give us the freedom to choose. I love the song. I love the memories of seeing Dr. King on tv, of hearing Ralph Abernathy and Jesse Jackson speak thunderously in those days of the late 60s when I was too young to understand the importance of "those boring speeches" at church youth conventions in Atlanta. But now, if not for them, the words of so many of us would not have the chance to be shared with ears who are willing to hear and eyes that are willing to observe. Life is. . . and that's all it is. What we do with our years is what makes the supreme difference.

blessin's and peace,
cynth'ya
Reviewed by Only A Poet 1/6/2006
his was a soul and life of greatness, one i personally will never forget.
Reviewed by Pier Tyler 1/5/2006
Magnificent write that echoes volume still today. I remember! Thanks Nordette for sharing this with us.
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 1/4/2006
Wonderful doesn't say it. . .but as great a speaker as Dr. King was, he was not about words, was he. Nor would he want us to dwell on our anger about having him taken from us. L o v e was his message. Join hands and put it into a c t i o n. Thank you so much for this beautiful and inspiring tribute to one of the few great leaders of the 20th century. Peace and Love for all time, 'Pea' ~~~~PS:
Three cheers for Carmen!!!
Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 1/4/2006
This is a wonderful tribute from the heart!
Reviewed by alejapoet@aol.com Bennett 1/4/2006
excellent and very heart felt. God bless you in all your positive and wonderful endeavours in life. I have spread the word and hope you receive plenty of reviews. This great man is greatly missed and he is and was a true inspiration and in my life i always each and everday encourage someone as I live everyday. I must do good for someone everyday and that is how i live. God bless you in this new year in all and everything that you do.
Reviewed by William Haynes 1/4/2006
I was young back then and recall Mr. King very vividly. Your poem says a great deal about the times. To quote Tim Hardin... "It'll never happen again in our lives."
Bill
Reviewed by Constance Gotsch 1/4/2006
I like it, Nordette--remembering from early childhood. You grew up with his message. Good! somebody needed to. Lots of somebodies. I like the image of the growling warrier of peade as well. That man had a lot of guts, and he knew he would probably one day be shot, but he stood up anyway.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 1/4/2006
The upcoming nation-wide holiday tribute to the Reverend Martin Luther King is a time for toasting the amazing growth that he and Rosa Parks began many years hense. Both Rosa and Martin (dare I use his name so personally?) are gone now, he much, much sooner than he should have. But what they instigated, what they strove for, equality and human rights have come full circle and I know that he is smiling from the Right Hand of God as the considerable progress which has been made in America in attempting to make things right with the discriminatory shame of the past.



Is he be completely satisfied at this proogress? Impossible to know that for certain, but like all who fight for equality, the fight never seems to be over. But I have to believe he must be nodding his head, smiling in joy at the conscience of a nation who has for so long ignored the strange fruit which grew and flourished in this country of the "free" and the brave. Is he aiding and abetting even more equality for his people, and yes, for all those who society seems to ignore? But of course, but I have to feel that all in all, from his own personal viewpoint, he feels a sense of exuberance at the positive side of his movement. Still, he would be the first to say there is more to be done. His smile turns into a grin when he seen his people, i.e., Nordette Adams, et al, carrying on his word and his fight for victory over oppression.
Reviewed by L. Figgins 1/3/2006
Oh the courage it took to stand in those days against injustice and to rally a people in peace as opposed to hate in response to violence. Reverend King must have felt the hand of God on his shoulder. In these reactionary times he stands as a sterling example of how to live. I have often remarked that I wish he were still alive, as he embodied the very soul of America and the ideals this country was founded apon. Ideals that day by day seem to be slipping from our grasp. We have come a long way towards the realization of his dream "where a man can be judged not by the color of his skin but by the content of his character" and all men, black, brown, red, yellow or white could walk hand-in-hand toward a greater destiny. But as the saying goes (and I paraphrase), all it takes for evil to prosper is for good people to watch silently by as it rears it's head. The Reverend Martin Luther King has taken his place in history because he was a beacon for the greater good. This is a tender and powerful tribute to his memory, Nordette. Thank you...Lin
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/15/2005
A wonderful tribute to a great individual, Nordette. Thank you. Love and peace to you. Regis
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 9/17/2004
I love the poignancy of your last stanza. The best tribute to Martin Luther King, should be to carry on with his teachings.

Carmen :-)
Reviewed by na na (Reader) 6/6/2004
Nordette, this is a life well worth remembering, along iwth JFK and his brother Robert Kennedy. Martin Luther Kings stand so tall in the Hall Of Justice. He gave this nation his heart and soul like our other great martyrs. He also blessed this nation and helped it at least turn the corner away from hate and bigotry. Another great leader I salute is Nelson Mandela who survived what? 25 years of prison to rise up - taken by the Hand of God - to the highest office in his native land. Long live the martyrs. What would this world do without them. Hugs Bill Murray
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