- The Only Thing
“It is a time for martyrs now, and if I am to be one, it will be for the cause of brotherhood. That’s the only thing that can save this country.”
Malcolm X 19 February 1965 Gone now forty-seven years, RIP
Two days after making the above comment, Malcolm was shot down by assassins from the Nation of Islam. In this he anticipated Dr. King, who asserted, “I may not get there with you” on the evening before he was shot dead in Memphis, TN. How much better would America be today, if John, Malcolm, Martin and Bobby had lived to lead us that much closer to the Promised Land?
“This is a time for martyrs now.”
This is a time for courage too.
A time for some way, somehow,
To stand and fight for the right and true
If martyrdom should come our way
Let us be ready and unafraid
And show the world upon that day
We honor the choices that we have made.
But let us not risk our lives for anything base
If we must forfeit our own life
To save this country let’s make the case.
Let’s do so for an end to strife.
The cause of brotherhood is the only thing
That can turn aside the tides of hate
And finally let freedom ring
From sea to sea and state to state
© 2012, Larry Conley. All rights reserved.