|I dream a world by langston hughes|
July 31, 2020
I dream a world where man
No other man will scorn,
Where love will bless the earth
And peace its paths adorn
I dream a world where all
Will know sweet freedom's way,
Where greed no longer saps the soul
Nor avarice blights our day.
A world I dream where black or white,
Whatever race you be,
Will share the bounties of the earth
And every man is free,
Where wretchedness will hang its head
And joy, like a pearl,
Attends the needs of all mankind-
Of such I dream, my world!
by Langston Hughes
Poem read by rev lawston at ebenezer baptist church in atlanta yesterday at the funeral service for rep john robert lewis, attended by presidents george bush, Clinton and Obama. Mr Carter, no longer travelling due to covid, sent words of condolence. Mayor Bottoms of atlanta, also. Noticeably absent: the so called president currently in office. Instead, on a day again of record covid deaths, we passed the 150,000 mark already, the gdp fell 32.9 points. A shocking, never before in history plunge. Within minutes of that news he tweets distraction, his usual ploy, that voter fraud will be rampant in mail in voting and that the election must be postponed. We must make sure today that our state and federal politicians know we will not stand for such a plan. If he succeeds at that, we may as well tear up our constitution.
But today i want to let so many beautiful words yesterday remain ringing in my ears. Stories and laughter and tears about this american hero who shed blood so that we all may vote, may lead lives more freely, build a vision together for that more perfect world. May he rest in power. May we remember him always. May we honor him by never failing to vote. Maye we make him look upon us and smile with acts of good trouble, may we continue to find a way to get in the way, always, whenever and wherever injustice and hatred attempts to raise its ugly head sowing division because some among us still lack vision. May we swear an oath to never abandon ours. Now, call your representatives and whisper a prayer for rep lewis, thanking him for his selfless service, for leading us down a path that we must continue toward that beloved community that one day will be.