Not only did he do the right thing. But he did the right thing, under the toughest of circumstances and in the right way. He overcame hatred with the transforming power of love. He stared down ignorance with understanding. And he fought not only for a portion of the population, but for well-being of the entire world, demonstrating his concept of the beloved community. To me, that’s incredibly inspirational.
But how do you share these huge ideas and big concepts with little ears and young listeners? As a musician, I felt moved to write a song and try to put some of these concepts into the lyrics. I hoped the song would be a singable way to talk about MLK’s dream as well as a good place to start conversations about these big ideas and what they might mean to our classrooms, families and communities as we move into a new era.
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the landmark “I Have A Dream Speech”, we’ve offered the song as a free download as well as coloring pages that share powerful quotes from many of MLK’s inspirational speeches.
We hope that people use and enjoy these resources as they not only look back at this historic event – but dare to look forward and continue to dream!
The direct link to the download is: http://www.dariamusic.com/monthly_song.php.
You can also find DARIA’s free MLK coloring pages at TeachersPayTeachers site here:
Coloring Page With One Quote For Younger Children
Coloring Page With Many Quotes For Older Children
For more information, visit my site or contact me at daria at makemusicwithme dot com. I’d love to hear from you!
I HAVE A DREAM
Words and music by Daria A. Marmaluk-Hajioannou
There’s a man I think you’ve heard of
His name is Martin Luther King
He wanted a world of peace and love
He said “I have a dream”
Chorus: I have a dream, I have a dream
I’ve been to the mountaintop and I’ve seen…And, I have a dream
He said: “I know that this is possible
I know that this can be
If each one can learn to live with love
Then we can all be free”
If you share this vision
You know it’s not a difficult thing
We can build a world of peace and love
And we can all be queens and “kings”