You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? 'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells Pumping in my living room. Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
On the third Monday in January, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday meant to honor the life and legacy of the civil rights leader and encourage Americans of all backgrounds to join together in service of their communities. The following poems honor King's legacy or engage with his inclusive dream of peace and equality, which resounds in the lives and work of others who have also dared to dream for a better country and world.