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When We Make It Over
Martin, a great man of determination
Who was disgusted by the idea of segregation
Why must we fight out brothers and sisters?
Every one despised him even the so-called ministers.
Harriet Tubman, a woman who was brave
In her heart, freedom she craved
"I will no longer plow your fields"
"Or cook your meals"
When I make it over I will help the others
We must all flee from these cruel Southerners
Even though Martin and Harriet weren't in the same time period
They believed in the same thing
In their hearts and souls "freedom" they sing
We must recognize them for more than one month
How they changed the past
How they knew segregation and slavery could not and
Would not last
How they changed our lives today
We wouldn't be with some of our friends if they didn't
Lead the way
So I'm just letting Martin's killer and
Harriet's master know
That you will always reap what you sow
— Nicole, age 13
Bay Minette Middle School
Bay Minette, Alabama
The following reader submissions are from The Advent Day School in Birmingham, Alabama.
Charles Barkley is a great man. He played basketball with the NBA. He was one of the national scorers in basketball. He scored 20 points in almost all the national games. He is 6 feet and 5 inches tall. He was voted one of the most valuable players. He competed in the Olympic games, too.
— McKenzie, age 8
Charles Barkley played basketball.
So he is probably very tall.
Henry Aaron played baseball
So he might be a little small or tall
Jessie Owens liked to jump
I hope he didn't fall or he would go kerplump
Charles was voted best on his team
And I bet it was his greatest dream
Henry Aaron played for the Atlanta Braves
And you are wrong if you think they sleep in caves
So that is my poem and I wrote about them
beause they are good players.
— Claire, age 8
Charles Barkley was born in 1963 in Leeds, Alabama. In the NBA Charles played forward and stood 6'5" tall. He was voted Most Valuable Player in the NBA. After playing basketball for Auburn in college, he played for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA. Soon he was traded to the Phoenix Suns and then traded to the Houston Rockets. In 1999 he had a serious knee injury and retired.
— Rutland, age 8
"Henry Aaron was a fine man.
He was the baseball kind of the land.
What exciting fun!
2,297 superior RBIs.
What a big surprise!
Playing for the ATlanta Braves.
He made amazing baeball saves.
Sad for the fans. Badly he retired.
Born on February 5.
What a wonderful mother's gift!"
— Margaret, age 8
"Gwendolyn Brooks is a poet. She won a Pulitzer Prize once. She was the first black American to win a Pulitzer Prize. She grew up in a city named Bronzville in Chicago. She is an African American. She was a poet laureate of Illinois. I think she is a great writer."
— Cody D.
Rita Dove is a great poet
Everyone should know it
She won the Pulitzer Prize
That is not a surprise
She was born in 1952
She wrote Selected Poems, too
On the Bus With Rosa Parks
Must be the favorite collection of many
She is a good poet allright
She is always shining in the light.
— Cole S.
ZORA NEALE HURSTON
Zora Neale Hurston was an African American writer known for her novels and collections of folklore. Zora’s best-known novel is Their Eyes Were Watching God written in 1937. Hurston wrote three other novels Jonah’s Gourd Vine, Moses, Man of the Mountain, and Seraph on the Sawanee. She was born January 7, 1891, in Eatonville, Florida. Hurston also wrote an autobiography.
— Laurie B.
I’m very interested in Rita Dove’s poetry. She is very inspirational to people like myself. Someday, I would like to read On the Bus With Rosa Parks. Rita was born in 1952. I also would like to read all the other books she has written. I hope she lives a long, happy life.
— Alice B.