The power of words

We read “Martin’s Big Words” by Doreen Rappaport this morning.  The book is a beautiful tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. and to the power of words.  We’ve been reading and viewing a variety of texts about Ruby Bridges, and this text connected so well to both the setting and the themes of Ruby’s story.


“Everyone can be great.”

“Hate cannot drive out hate.  Only love can do that.”

“Sooner or later, all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together.”

“Love is the key to the problems of the world.”

Martin’s words leaped off the page, speaking truth into today’s world just as they did in his world.  I love this opportunity to dig into these life lessons and tough issues with students, and it has been eye-opening for them.  At 7 and 8 years old, they are big-hearted and angered by injustice.

I hope and pray that this will continue, that they will be people who fight for justice and stand up for those who are oppressed and demoralized in our world.  I hope and pray that they will advocate for peace and love.  I hope and pray that they will be beacons of hope in a world that often seems dark.

I left today feeling inspired to stand for peace, to seek justice, to spread love.  That is the power of words.


I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post each day in March.   Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work all month long and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!



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