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Sonnet for a King

A tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Highlights 4Cs

Curious, Creative, Caring, and Confident™
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This month we remember Martin Luther King Jr. as we honor his legacy on January 18. Ask your child to share how their life has been changed for the better thanks to Martin Luther King Jr.’s influence.
sonnet for a king

This January day was set aside  

to celebrate the birthday of a man, 

a gentle man, who bravely lived and died 

too soon, but left a challenge and a plan. 

He was a man of strength and grace and will 

who stood for honor, character, and grit, 

a man who sought and fought for freedom till 

he gave his life, in faith, defending it. 

He had a dream of hope, a dream that we, 

though different in creed, belief, and race, 

could live, as friends, in peace and harmony 

and make the world a better place. 

“Hold fast to dreams”: together we must strive 

to understand, and keep the dream alive.

Fast Facts
  • Martin Luter King Jr. Day is observed on the third Monday of January each year. 
  • The line "Hold fast to dreams" is from the poem “Dreams” by Langston Hughes. 

  • The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial opened in Washington, D.C., in 2011. It features a granite statue of the civil rights leader called the Stone of Hope. 

  • January 20, 1986, was the first time Martin Luther King Jr. Day was observed.  

  • Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929.