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The following poems were submitted by Joris Soeding, a fifth/sixth grade teacher in Chicago. The students are between the ages of ten and twelve. These are inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s notion of the “Beloved Community.”
Peace in the Streets
My beloved community is friendly
A place where someone can feel safe
A place where different languages are spoken
Different plates are served
Walking down Touhy Avenue seeing smiles as far as I can see.
There are some people that look bad on the outside
but I know everyone has at least one good part in them
Watching the buildings surrounding me knowing how much time it took to keep someone safe
Even if they wear hats with a feather
No matter what happens we will always stand together
When all of this segregation will cease
This city will have peace
Humans will improve when they work in unity
Once and for all, this is my beloved community
© Mark Sanchez, 6th Grade
Our heroes were great leaders
who helped us through dark times
they told us where the light was
our heroes told us it was inside.
That we had the right to do what we wanted
that we could make a change,
you don’t need a suit and powers to be a hero
all you need to do is make a change
stand up for what you want
just because one boy is white and one boy is black
it doesn’t mean they can’t be friends
be a leader, a hero, a friend
we all know who our leaders were
MLK, JFK, Abe Lincoln and they were all
© Jose Cruz, 6th Grade
We Are One
Separated we were
There was no reason
So you spoke
And you had a dream
And now we are together
Martin Luther King, Junior
© Ben Eisenberg, 6th Grade
Male or female,
Girl or boy,
It does not matter what gender you are,
“You can’t do this. You can’t do that!”
I am a human being just like you,
I don’t care if you are strong,
I don’t care if you can lift a thousand pounds,
Helene Madison, Ida Wells, Fanny Brice, and Alice Paul,
They never gave up,
They are extraordinary women with extraordinary lives,
I am a girl and I can do it,
© Elaine Tran, 6th Grade
Why do we fight
when we’re all gonna die?
We say hello,
yet we’ll have to say goodbye
Why do we stand tall
even though we may fall?
Because we know,
there is someone to catch us,
something to mend us,
to stand with us,
for what is right
Because saying hello,
can create something,
a feeling you can never let go
Because if you die,
you will be remembered by so many,
as something good,
helping the lives of plenty
Because after a gloomy day
and all the storms are done,
the dark clouds blow away,
and out comes the sun.
© Lucy Nguyen, 6th Grade
my dream is that everyone can live in peace
no one is alone and everyone has a home
If people aren’t willing
there will be no shooting or killing
no house raiding or mean sayings
there will be block parties
everyone is nice and everyone has their own rights
people will be fair and care
I hope that my dream will be seen
© Hailey Velez, 6th Grade
Will Never Be Forgotten
Martin Luther King, Jr.
You tried to make everyone equal
Blacks and whites together forever
You tried to make that true
and you never gave up
You fought till you won
In your neighborhood all you could hear was guns
You gave a wonderful speech
that will never be forgotten
You fought until your death
You took one more breath
A gunshot we hear
through our ears
we will never forget you
Thank you for changing our world
© Brian Hua, 6th Grade
Some people have a perfect life, no harm,
as others get hit in the head and hear an alarm.
Life is not easy for everyone.
They get treated unfairly which isn’t fun.
Different nationalities get their feelings hurt,
kids shrivel up like dirt.
I am born with a gift,
I am lucky,
I help people become like an actual person,
My beloved community.
© Jasmine Luke, 6th Grade
The Swan and the Crow
The Swan flies by
The Crow flies by
They become friends
But not us humans
Separating people by their skin and color
Teaming up with the cruel and slather
Then it all stops with the voice of a man
A man with the shade of dark
He speaks with passion and truth
A voice he has that makes us look up
Think about what we had done
And start all fresh and new again
As he speaks the flocks of swans and crows
and become one
the beloved community.
© Annie Do, 6th Grade
No Inequality in What We Are
There is no difference in what we are
Racism everywhere has left a very deep scar
We’re actually very similar,
Our race barely even matters
Blacks, Whites, Mexicans and Asians,
There’s even thousands more,
All around the world
Our skin color is no big deal,
It’s what makes us all unique
We can all live peacefully together,
If we just try
You only live once,
So live how you want to live,
And keep peace with others,
So that others will keep peace with you.
© Rachael Nguyen, 6th Grade
You are the bravest woman I have ever known.
You didn’t impart because of a crazy law.
You fought for your rights.
Boycott the bus,
do whatever you can do.
Don’t Give Up!
© Shazeen Khan, 6th Grade
Martin Luther King, Jr.
We remember MLK
honored on the special day
he had a dream that we would stand
united together in this day
that we would strive to find a way
to live as friends and peaceful today.
He wanted each of us to see
the beauty of equality
he thought that right overcomes wrong
that hope can turn the weak or strong
and showing love instead of hate
would have made our country truly great
his message meant to set us free
was filled with hope, you and me
so on this day let freedom ring
as we remember Dr. King
© Maaz Muqsith, 6th Grade
We are all the same
Asians, Blacks, Whites, together equal my community
we’re not alone, stranded at sea
one person’s beliefs can unite a country
anothers can destroy love and peace
so let’s live in harmony
before we look back in self-pity
© Khuram Shahzad, 6th Grade
Coming from a united world.
Color isn’t an issue.
Is it so wrong to love?
Or is unity so bad?
Love should not be criticized.
© Anum Khan, 5th Grade
Who is Your Neighbor?
I see here, I see there
I see people everywhere
I see Africa, Asia, Mexico, too
I see China, Japan, Pakistan yahoo!!!
I see 13 stripes and 50 stars
We are together here we are
I don’t care from where you are
you are my neighbor.
© Huda Rashid, 5th Grade
Black or White
Black or white we’re not different.
It was ridiculous having blacks sit in the back of the bus.
Rosa Parks you are my idol.
You did something nobody had the guts to do.
You were brave like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Emmett Till
and that’s just 2 people!
You should always thank the people who fought for our freedom
and to love each other and never judge people by the color of their skin but how they act.
© Karen Herrera, 5th Grade
He Had a Dream
On January 15, 1929 a hero was born.
Seeing blacks with no rights made his heart torn.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was not going to sit back.
He would not let his brothers face this violent attack.
He had a dream for equality.
He had a dream for unity.
He had a dream for justice.
He had a dream for peace.
He had a dream to let freedom ring.
It seems very simple, but it is an important thing.
Many years later we all share equal rights.
It’s all because of MLK’s equality fight.
So thank you MLK for having a dream.
Because of you we are all on the same team.
© Akber Khan, 5th Grade
Rules are rules
you are you
never follow what people do
what would you do?
because you aren’t wild you are free and freedom is peace and love
you are wise like a god
so believe in you
believe in your heart
and believe you can fly
like Martin Luther King, Jr.
© Angie Nguyen, 5th Grade
Floating, drifting but how?
How did it start?
When did his last breath touch his lips?
He went to see his family
Then…he saw her
That’s when the agony started
© Paige Meegan, 5th Grade
Our Beloved Community
has everything we need
parks and a school
it’s like a fantasy
but something is missing
from our present
the people who stood with all of their pride
are not here with us
I wish they were here
to see our nation today
but I guess that’s just what has to be
Martin Luther King
had a big dream
Rosa Parks said no
that’s just two of them
there are many more
our loves, our hopes
are getting strong
hand in hand
we will stand
© Dulguun Damdinbayar, 5th Grade
All aboard the train is here. Go tell your friends the time is near, all the slaves are gathering around.
Freedom is here and soon will be found. We’re heading north so we can be free. Just follow Harriet or follow me.
The path is long and will be hard. Be very careful and on your guard. They’ll try and stop us we must be strong,
it will be hard, it will be long, but at the end we will find peace, we will be free. Untie the leash.
We’re in the underground railroad now. We don’t know when we don’t know how,
but someday soon we will change society.
© Amanda Blakemore, 5th Grade
We Are United!
My community is peaceful and hardworking
My community fought for civil rights
My community suffered to be able to come to America
and have a better life
We celebrate the people who died for our rights
We are united people from all over the world.
Teamwork is an important thing in the world.
It took teamwork to build this community.
God bless America!
© Jimena Saenz, 5th Grade
Martin Luther King, Jr.
had a dream
about people of all colors being a team.
He marched and marched
and never stopped
until he got freedom for everyone.
but so did his life.
This brave soul
helped make a better world.
© Diego Ramirez, 5th Grade
Rosa Parks is the meaning of peace.
She helped in African American release.
She stood in what she believe
she fought until the end
she stood strong
she never did wrong
and never gave up for her people
thank you Rosa Parks, thank you.
© Salwa Majeed, 5th Grade
My hot chocolate world
My hot chocolate has a world of its own
Let’s see what happens and discover the unknown
A white polar bear crouches on top of my cup
It sits with her baby as it curls up
A rollercoaster of caramel spreads across the snow
As you drink it, it over flows
My hot chocolate is always trying to escape
It trickles down the side as soon as I touch my cake
A Jacuzzi of cream melts in my cup
You cans see chocolate bubbles, its warming up
It slides down my oesophagus as I begin to swallow,
The slide looks so fun my cake wants to follow!
© Shaheryar A. Chishty, Age 10