Poem for MLK Day


 by Sherwood Ross


Rise up! Rise up, Americans!
Too long have you delayed!
While imperial-minded presidents
Their cruel wars have made.


The hard-earned coin for which you toil
Is spent on wars on foreign soil,
The liberties you enjoyed of late
Are clubbed to death in the police state.


Rise up! Rise up, Americans!
Adopt the non-violent creed
MLK showed us the way
Love is all we need.


Sherwood Ross is a Miami, Fl.-based public relations consultant who walked across Mississippi with The Rev. Dr.. Martin Luther King and others in 1966 to complete James Meredith’s “March Against Fear” after Meredith was shot. Reach him at [email protected]


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Sherwood Ross is an award-winning reporter. He served in the U.S Air Force where he contributed to his base newspaper. He later worked for The Miami Herald and Chicago Daily News. He contributed a weekly column on working for a major wire service. He is also an editorial and book publicist. He currently resides in Florida.