Here is a poem my sister wrote for a MLK Jr poetry contest.
She got 1st place in her grade level and it was published!
Congrats Beth! (Do not use)
"There is no such thing as part freedom."-Nelson Mandela
If you want to know what freedom is ask someone who's never had it. Listen to the words of the people who fought for it with their lives. If you want to know what freedom is, watch for it in its careless abuse and misuse by people who have never had to live without it. But if you want to know what freedom is; why it's fought for and why we read and write about it; look for it in the eyes of those individuals still denied the most basic human rights. Oppression glares its ugly truth through the eyes of people who only know freedom as a concept; an imagination beyond the reach of hope, and distant to their reality. Freedom is felt in its absence. In its absence we realize freedom's Internal necessity to peace, justice, and equality. In 1976, South African youth innately understood something they did not nave. Oppressed through years of apartheid, Soweto students refused to remain in quiet submission. Unwilling to accept the Afrikaner government's decree that would force them to learn and speak in languages that were not their own: students retaliated through a peaceful protest, the morning of June 16, 1976 began as students marched and rallied for justice, but ended with bloodshed and violence as students were met with police brutality, Another day forever marked in history, whose Significance was borne through the lives claimed during a fight for freedom. While communities buried their children one man fought against injustice and for human rights from the conferment of a cell, Nelson Mandela sacrificed 27 years of his freedom, so liberty could be realized for every individual Mandela declared none are free until all are free, there is no partial freedom. There is no partial justice. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed you could not accept equality for one man and not another. As we continue to celebrate and commemorate the work of these men and the nameless others who have labored, we must continue to honor and recognize their visions and dream. Freedom, justice, and equality is not realized when millions of Appalachian Americans live in poverty; sharing similar impoverished conditions of those In second and third-world countries, The dream is not realized when a quarter of the homeless population are Veterans. American citizens, heroes, and freedom fighters have been forgotten and left in the shadows of the flag they honored and fought to protect. At this point in history social justice and equality have not been recognized for all citizens. We are not yet free. Mandela and Dr, King were catalysts for social Justice and reform. An Immense impact can be, made by doing the small things most people overlook or neglect. As individuals we must live our beliefs values and principles daily; not just during election years or for personal gains or political acceptance. If we are to fulfill the vision and live the dream, this generation must set 3 new precedents by mirroring the philosophy and emulating the actions of Mandela and Dr. King. Only then will we achieve peace, justice, equality, and freedom for all.
My best friend, Gamu just got expelled over breakfest. I can't believe it. Well here is the whole story:
Last week, Gamu (Ga as in GAGA and mu as in MOO), Adrianna, Juanita and myself went to the cafeteria for Gamu and Adrianna to get breakfast since they actually like cafeteria food. Adrianna got this sausage thing it happened to be the last one so Gamu went to get a bagel and she picked up two cream cheeses. The lunch lady told her she can only have one and Gamu told her "Well I eat my bagels with two" then the lunch lady said with an attitude "Well don't eat it then, you can put it back". Gamu then put the bagel back and left with Adrianna. Juanita and I were waiting for them out the door since we don't eat cafeteria food. (Its beyond disgusting). Gamu then told Juanita she should go get the bagel since she already paid for it. Juanita went in there and grabbed it for Gamu but a minute later the lunch lady came and said "you guys need to pay for it." We told her we wouldn't since it was already paid for and it was the bagel that Gamu should have gotten. The lunch lady then told Gamu to come over and tell her what her name was but Gamu asked "what for?" the lunch lady said don't worry about it. Then Gamu walked away and then the lunch lady said she was going to give her a referral. The thing is Gamu has already had quite a few referrals and has been suspended before so that was basically her last chance. When she went to talk to the assistant principal about her referal he weouldn't even let us in to help explain the story since we were witnesses. Today, Gamu and her parents came in for the meeting but he already made his decision. She is now expelled. I think this is ridiculous she gets expelled over this but nothing we can do about it now. Right?
What do you guys think?
Should we try and do something?
Is it fair?
It doesn't have to be Thanksgiving for you to give thanks. Everyone of us have something to be thankful for; each and every day. Here are a few quotes to remind you to be thankful:
"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.”-Buddha
"It isn't what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart.”-Unknown
"Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.”-Mark Twain
"A woman has got to love a bad man once or twice in her life, to be thankful for a good one."-M. K. Rawlings
Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.”-Oprah
"I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.”-Woody Allen
“If we fill our hours with regrets over the failures of yesterday, and with worries over the problems of tomorrow, we have no today in which to be thankful”-Unknown
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Hey Everyone! :] I just came back from the Oregon Mens Bball game and I had a blast! There was about 11,000 fans their. Unfortunately Oregon lost to UCLA but it was a great game! I loved seeing the new arena! It is humongous. About a million TVs. They used 200 million for it! The court is unlike any other basketball court! Check out some of the pictures I took below!
I wish a new year brought a clean new slate but it doesn't. Everything still follows you but you just have to get thru it somehow.
It's 2:28 am and I might be doing an all-nighter but I doubt I shall make it...
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