Hate Crimes at Black Churches: A Poem in Response


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.”

 

Read the rest at The Poetry Foundation.

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