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If Dr. King were here today
What do you think he’d have to say?
He’d say: I left with all of you my dreams
Of working together for equality
The way that God intended things to be
Instead of unifying and breaking bread
There’s drug abuse and gunshot wounds to the head
And though I was jailed to obtain civil rights
Racism still persists to choke and hold on tight
The world has its challenges and is not always fair
It’s time for YOU to pursue and show that you care
Even though I’m not physically with you, my messages should remain
Be leaders to those around you, be a role model for the youth again
Have a self-assuredness that has often been a healer
Instead of making fast money that kills via the drug dealer
The fast money may sound good, give you power and make you appear strong
But in reality it ends a young life, when a drug deal goes wrong
Stop to think about each other’s feelings
And comfort someone’s watered eyes
Be considerate toward each other
Don’t be judgmental when someone tries
Parents must the authority from which the child must learn
Be truly responsible and do what you know will inspire them, be firm
All that I have left you may not be totally lost
Before it’s too late, for God’s sake
It’s the children I’m thinking of.
The writer is a governor-appointed member of the N.C. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission.