South Africa: Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King in South Africa

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"So I say, I see the day! A day with people who don't live in regret A day that does not allow the penetration of discrimination and its language So I say, I see the day and it's called "Today."

- Albert, aged 17

On April 19, over seventy students, teachers, parents, and mentors gathered the Mae Jemison U.S. Science Reading Room to hear selected students give voice to their poetry. The poems shared by students addressed community challenges, including prejudice and gender-based violence, and shared a vision for a brighter, safer future.

"We mould our future/ We are the potters/ We are the inspiration of the next/ generation" proclaimed one student. This poetry project was promoted through many U.S. Embassy programs, including the Access micro-scholarship program, American Spaces and social media.

During Black History Month, the Embassy encouraged students across the country to write poems celebrating the theme "My Generation, My Voice, My Dream," inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King and the 50th anniversary of his landmark "I Have a Dream" speech. Each consulate selected the top three poems in each age category to compete for national recognition among entries from across South Africa. National winners will be announced in an awards ceremony in early May.

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