This is an adaptation and update of the song, Summer of 64. This song concerned the Mississippi Civil Rights movement. It expressed the need to make real efforts to overcome injustice, oppression, and resistance to constructive change. Recent events should have awakened all of us to the need to continue making such efforts in the face of violence, voter suppression, attacks on the civil equality of women. and marriage equality there is no reason to be idle and no time to waste. We who believe in freedom and justice for all cannot and must not rest.

Are we sitting on the sidelines?
Or are we really in the fight?
Helping people raise their voices,
All together Black and White
Can we learn from Mississippi?
As hatred burns today
Let us keep that dream of Martin’s,
From ever fading away.
It’s nearly fifty years and counting
But the March ain’t over yet.
Oh Freedom, let us show we don’t forget.
Are we teaching civil rights?
Going door to door
Like Mississippi in the summer of 64
Are we speaking out for justice?
Doing more and more
Are we marching for what’s right?
Like Mississippi in the summer of 64
It’s nearly fifty years and counting
But the vote’s still threatened yet
Oh Freedom, let us show we don’t forget.
Can we learn from Mississippi?
As hate returns today
We can’t quit till all are free!
And that dream of Martin’s finally comes to be.
We must teach our darling children,
That there is a better way,
So before they re-enslave,
They’ll have to put us in the grave
And we’ll go into the earth and be set free.

© 2012, Larry Conley. All rights reserved.

Larry Conley (36 Posts)

I am a veteran of the U. S. Army. My good fortune is to be married to a wonderful woman and have two remarkable twin sons who are making their way in the world. I taught civics in a Pittsburgh area middle school. I am a cat and dog lover.


  1. Larry, your unending devotion to justice is inspiring. As I listened to the Rev. Al Sharpton yesterday in the news conference with the Martins, he thanked Blacks and Whites and all those who rallied for justice in this case. His tone was one of peace and for that I was so proud of him. Through it all, I had the vision of you standing bravely in your hoodie and fought back tears. Thank you for giving us a center and always prodding us to seek a moral high ground.

  2. Larry Conley (Author)


    Your words touch my heart. It is the unfailing recognition you have given to what I feel is my essence that has been a great source of inspiration to me.

    I too was so proud of the Reverend. For all the scurrilous attacks upon him, he lived up to his origins and his commitments in this case and came through with flying colors. I admit to being a fan of Reverend Al. I also was proud to hear him acknowledge he had his doubts about the Governor of Florida and his choice for special prosecutor. And then he publicly stated he was wrong and thanked them for their efforts.

    We can make this the nation it was meant and ought to be. We just have to keep on with the keeping on!

    As ever,


  3. tolbert

    What a powerful message; in its simplicity we seem to make it so complex. You always nail it Larry, and even as I have watched the footage of Rodney King’s beating in recent days I still ask, where have we come in the past two decades?

    We live in a great country and yet sometimes we seem to battle ourselves into such a dark place that we can see our way out…Thanks for being a voice with a conscience!

    • Larry Conley (Author)


      I agree we live in a great country, and I concur about the battle that throws us into a dark place.

      One of the things I love about the Expats array is the hope that together we can help each other and many others avoid or escape from the dark place and get back to work making America what it is meant and ought to be.

      Thanks again,


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