For our Drama class(english & history), we did a poem or piece of spoken word for out fourth and final milestone. We chose a community that we are present and invested in to. I chose Family as my community, while trying to answer the question: what does caring for the community as a whole mean for you or what does being political mean for you. Feel free to read my speech below.
It’s about family. Lengths a family will go to, to keep another family member alive. Someone needed to take care of the grandmother of a family, so 14 year old Chris Martin stepped up to watch over his grandmother while his mother, father, and sister were at a softball game. We aren’t all equal and it’s okay, some will try much harder to keep families afloat. Just like Sergeant Kevin Anton held is 10 month old’s hands and knew he needed to leave the army for a safer career. Returning from work, the veteran moves from ‘Intel Specialist’ to being a nurse. Sometimes families just don’t get it. A grandmother fell down the stairs while holding her 5 month old grandson, and that isn’t the worse part. After going to the emergency room they found out that the baby was going to be severely disabled after the accident. At this point the family sued the grandmother for failing to take reasonable care of the baby.
I chose Martin Luther King because he had the courage to stand up for something he believed in. Even though everyone knew that the way blacks were being treated was wrong, he stood up to racist America and told them what he believed in. He fought for his cause until the day he was murdered…. The courage and strength for what he believed in is what I admired about him. I believe that Martin Luther King related to Antigone because they both stood up for something they believed in no matter the cost. Both died doing what they believed in and both stood up against the bigger side. They both had the courage to stand up for what they believed what was right, they just had different motives. I believe that this has widened my eyes to what courage really does. Both Martin Luther King and Antigone knew what the consequences were but they stood up for what they really believed what was right. This project has made me rethink the definition of dedication.
I have a dream that one day our nation will rise up to the belief that all men were created equal. I have a dream today that one day in the state of Mississippi a state crawling with the heat of injustice, will be transformed into an land of freedom and justice. I have a dream that one day you will work with me on this, and that our nation can become truly equal. And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village, from every state and every city, at that point we will be able to live in harmony together without fear of racism, prejudice, and discrimination. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream. A dream that we will all be able to live in harmony a dream that each individual will be treated as equal as the next and that we can rise up together to create peace amongst each other.