Honor Martin Luther King Jr. day in poetry



Today, I’m immersing myself in reading poems to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and listening to my favorite community radio station KRCL streaming online as they play music and speech excerpts in his honor. You can also listen to the entirety of his “I Have a Dream” speech here on NPR.

Below are links to several poems in honor of MLK Day.

MLK Day Poems

One Today by Richard Blanco

Microwave Popcorn by Harmony Holiday

from Citizen, VI [My brothers are notorious] by Claudia Rankine

Shafro by Terrance Hayes

Dream Variations by Langston Hughes

won't you celebrate with me by Lucille Clifton

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

I, Too by Langston Hughes

In Memoriam: Martin Luther King, Jr. by June Jordan

RIOT by Gwendolyn Brooks

Weekly Poem: Elizabeth Alexander honors MLK Day with stories of the black experience from PBS Newshour 1/20/2014

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  1. I’ve celebrated this beautiful man ever since I was a little girl in the 60’s. My teacher taught us a song to sing, and I sing it every year on Dr. King’s birthday. His entire family is an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing this reading list! Such good choices. I’ve listened to his speech often, and I thank you for the link to do so again. ♥.

  2. Hi Trish: I have a collection of four poems I gleaned from one of Rev. King’s speeches in Philadelphia, “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?” He quoted from them either whole or in part, some without attribution. May I share them with you?

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