We are devastated by the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina last night.
Dudley Randall wrote this poem about the Klan’s bombing of a church in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963, that killed four black girls. Sadly, it still applies today.
We will let the poem speak for us. Here is the beginning. You can read the rest at The Poetry Foundation.
Ballad of Birmingham
By Dudley Randall
(On the bombing of a church in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963)
“Mother dear, may I go downtown
Instead of out to play,
And march the streets of Birmingham
In a Freedom March today?”
“No, baby, no, you may not go,
For the dogs are fierce and wild,
And clubs and hoses, guns and jails
Aren’t good for a little child.”