Boise State University recently sponsored a statewide Martin Luther King Poetry Contest for students. The winners are reading their work today at the university in Boise. The keynote speaker of the event is Martin Luther King, III.
There were three categories: fourth through sixth grade, seventh through ninth grades, and 10th through 12th grade. Community School sixth-grader Grace Weaver, 11, of Ketchum, took 1st place in her division, and received a check for $75.
"DIFFERENT BUT EQUAL"
Everyone that exists is different than me,
With diverse characters and souls you can't see.
The blood that courses through their veins,
Is blood like mine but not the same.
Their skin could be colored its own distinct hue,
But inside they have feelings, from joyful to blue.
From the blackest of coal, to the snowiest white,
Their emotions all change from day to night.
I would treat them the same as someone I know,
Like a cousin, or pal, or a friend named Joe.
African Americans, like those of my kin,
Should be respected for themselves, not the color of their skin.
I can't change how I treat others for I see them as the same.
They are equal in my eyes, no matter what their name.
So I will not let kindness become a chore..
If the world were like that, there would be no war.
This sounds impossible, I know, and hard to do.
For we are all flawed—even me and you.
But still we can try, in this world we live,
By giving the best that we can give.