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abraham lincoln's memorial 1969

the alarm clock sang out my dad jumps up 
rushes my into the kitchen today my love 
is indeed a very special day for you my eyes 
wide shut as he continued explaining civil rights
cramming memories into my little head I mean 
id remember sitting on my nona's lap as 
Martin Luther King was killed in Birmingham 
my entire family regressed into deep sadness
aging over night perhaps so did I our last names 
were parks and king let me tell you during the 
60's in Chicago if a riot broke out our names 
were instantly called over tornado speakers 

sound off Mohammed speaks we were rushed 
into dark sedans being slowly driven down 
Roosevelt road this was 1969 first grade 
I was preparing to visit Lincoln's home
and tomb mom combed through my lock's 
my grandmother rubbed Vaseline on my face elbows 
and knees this big fuss over me I was actually named 
after Martins daughter well Miss. Yolanda king
you get to sing on the steps of Lincoln's memorial 
Marian Anderson's hymn sometimes I feel 
like a motherless child we were mourning with happy tears 
these brown face's doting on me five generations in my mist 
           standing inline to give me a big kiss


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  1. Date: 4/12/2014 9:03:00 AM

    Beautiful write, Miss Yolanda. Rich with history. Without saying, alot of work ahead of all of us.