The Dream Today … What Would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Say?

An Airman recites a poem

U.S. Air Force Maj. Darris Johnson, 19th Communications Squadron commander, recites a poem he wrote entitled “The Dream Today … What Would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Say” at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Jan. 17, 2020. The 19th Airlift Wing hosted a celebration and remembrance walk in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mariam K. Springs)


If he were here with us today,
Words like these he might say
I fell asleep in 1968 … to be awaken today,
To see prophesies fulfilled ... in a dream I had late yesterday

I ended my dream … pleading for freedom to ring
Hoping, “free at last” … America’s people would sing
In honor of equality … shared amongst the American team
Where character, versus skin color ... reigns most supreme

Well today, when I look ... I can honestly say
There's a generation with us … that doesn’t know the old way
Thanks to the efforts … by civil right protégés
Voting and segregation … have seen judgment days

There was urgency then … that is just as great now
So let’s not take a bow … but look for ways to endow
Where there’s a will, there’s a way … to make it better somehow
Remember righteousness has to be … at the core of what we allow

New times … need newer minds,
To address the issues … we now face and find
Never losing sight, or going blind … to those liberties outlined
In the Constitution, and Declarations … our forefathers signed

Freedom and equality … should be at the heart of our psychology
Where a brotherhood exists … all throughout society
And unalienable rights ... are mine undeniably
And justice and democracy … is for this nation, entirely

In many ways we’ve won ... but there’s still work to be done
Because reaching and keeping equality … requires everyone
I challenge the old and the young … to run the race I begun
So that America is 'FREE AT LAST' ... and forever second to none!