A tribute to Martin Luther King on this day of his birth.
From the bayous to the mountain tops Doctor King promoted non violence while urging his followers to march in unity which expressed their discontent of having to live their lives as second class citizens.
Martin Luther King followed Gandhi and Mandela in moving the World toward "A More Perfect Planet".
* A Special Day At Second Baptist *
A tall steeple spires Pottstown's highest hill
Above strong walls of matched field stone.
Within, tone pitched voices heavenly trill
At Second Baptist, their soul's spiritual home.
Are there shadows dark enough to hide
A light within shining from deep inside ?
Below, in the valley of the Schuylkill River
Arched trees gracefully mark her gentle banks.
Finally, she's clean, clear flows this life giver.
Man's new conscience commands our thanks.
I ask. Are there shadows dark enough to hide
A light within beaming bright from deep inside ?
Up there, somewhere on mountains high
The heavens open, down strong rains pour
Streams, creeks, and rivers from the sky.
Water flows for all, for rich and the poor.
Say, are there shadows dark enough to hide
A light within glowing bright from deep inside ?
Not all rivers flow deep from recent rain water.
Thought streams and brooks of want flow also
Carrying dreams for humanity's peaceful order.
We are immersed in life regardless the weather.
Who could light dark shadows which tries to hide
An illuminating message from the heart inside ?
King ! Why King could ! Yes, Dr. Martin could :
Spark a flint, light a candle, could ignite a flame,
Have a dream, a dream that inspired all who would
Listen. Spread light, sing out, Proclaim ! Proclaim !
There are no shadows dark enough to hide
A bright light radiating out from deep inside.
Proclaim ! There are no shadows so dark to hide
A spiritual blessing sent from the Lord On High.
Ronald C .Downie.
Note : Written for and was read at a special service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King held at Second Baptist, January 20, 2003.