Celebrating Martin

by | Jan 14, 2018

By Bob Houghtaling

As we take a moment to reflect upon the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I think it is imperative to recognize that his work is not done. Let us hope that America will continue to pursue fairness for all. Sometimes such things get lost when our fear takes over.

Rise Again

Verdant sprouts arise again
Despite all attempts to mow
Selma’s bridge is beneath the blade
Despite being crossed years ago
Rise up, let’s rise again
We need to hear a voice
Claiming love for fellow men
That Heaven will rejoice

Change has come so slowly
There is much left to do
Memphis handed us the baton
Our Reverend cared for me and you
March on, let’s march again
Joined all arm in arm
God bless this land of ours
It’s time to be alarmed

With love for our neighbors
We understand their fears
There is no need for hatred
Let’s share each other’s tears
For ignorance is our enemy
Along with exclusion and greed
A call goes to rise again
With hope our constant seed

Bob Houghtaling is the East Greenwich substance abuse counselor. He is also head of the Academy Foundation and is on the board of East Greenwich News.

Photo: In 1965, John Lewis with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leads a march in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to protest the denial of voting rights to African Americans. (Steve Schapiro)


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