Poet Nordette Adams is delighted to learn that people use her poem "Remembering A Life," which honors slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. She wrote the poem in 2004 to mark King's legacy, capture her own memories, and to educate her children about King personally.
"The next thing I knew I had a whole webpage about Dr. King with the poem, music, and photos and realized people were visiting the page," said Adams.
She's seen the poem pop up in its entirety at other websites like The Holiday Zone or learned that it was mentioned in articles such as at the one at BellaOnline. The poet said she's suspected that some people may have recited the poem for Martin Luther King programs in the brick and mortar world, but didn't have proof of that until recently.
Adams read in an article at the The Roanoke Times that Rev. Kenneth Wright of Gainsboro First Baptist Church quoted her King poem during his speech commemorating the 40th anniversary of King's assaniation. Wright spoke at an event sponsored by the Roanoke's chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
"I'm honored that the poem was used for such an important occasion," said Adams. "Whenever I learn that someone has used the poem and also credited me for writing it, I'm happy."
The poet said she's yet to have anyone contact her about using the poem, and if they did she'd give permission to use it. Usually she finds out that others appreciate her work when she does a web search, explained Adams.