This is not a dream

This is not a dream (1/18/97)

Martin didn’t just dream, he walked
Rosa didn’t just sit, she stood

Fannie didn’t just sing, she shined
Malcolm didn’t just talk he listened

The Panthers didn’t just pose, they cooked
Medger didn’t just die, he organized

Students didn’t just study, they came
Ministers didn’t just pray, they made choices

Sisters didn’t just cry, they yelled
Brothers didn’t just march, they joined hands

Children didn’t just follow, they led
America didn’t just watch, we changed

This is not a dream
This is not a test
This is for real
This is for real

Stop dreaming - walk
Stop sitting - stand
Stop singing - shine
Stop talking - listen
Stop posing - feed
Stop dying - organize
Stop studying - come
Stop praying - choose
Stop crying - yell
Stop marching - join hands
Stop following - lead
Stop looking - change

This is not a dream,
it is for real.

(c)1997Katrina C. Hopkins

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