Every Human Has Rights – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At this peace holiday time, a warm Poetry Friday greeting
for January 12, 2018. We are collected right here at Bookseedstudio.

On January 19, please
join at A Journey Through the Pages.

Special salutes have rung out this week
& continue during the holiday weekend seeking the world
of peace & freedom dreamed of
by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.

I’m sharing a child photograph of this Nobel Peace prize
recipient who was raised in a family of
many ministers & other religious leaders,
who preached love of all
races, all peoples.
A center that tells his story is here.

all rights reserved

A student intern created an annotated photo story here.

The poetry book I’m sharing in honor of Dr. King’s legacy is
A Photographic Declaration for Kids.
It is a young reader’s edition of the historic United Nations
Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The book is sometimes blunt, it can be light, &
it is eventually hopeful in presenting the 30 human rights.
I think all readers age 11 & older can appreciate this one.
I feel it is a book Dr. King would have loved to read
to students.
Children’s poetry lines are paired with photographs
Here is one poem that made me think of the recent Holidays.

Poem for Right # 26
You Have The Right to Go To School for Free

“Reading, writing, and arithmetic
I’m just hoping it will all stick
It’s my right to learn and obtain an education
When I’m done, I’ll go on vacation.”

C. 2009, all rights reserved, National Geographic Society
For more information on EVERY HUMAN HAS RIGHTS.

I have not yet read Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney’s MARTIN RISING,
but a crackerjack children’s literature librarian I know in Virginia, Marcie Atkins, recommended this to me in a social media group, as I was writing this post.From Scholastic. On the list, for sure.

Whether your post relates to peace, Dr. King,
or another wonderful topic, you can share
your URL link in comments below.
I’ll do my best to wrap everything up here,
into this end of this post. You can also send the link details to me at jgaoffice (at)
gmail (dot) com. Please put your actual name in the email subject line if you send it that way. Appreciations.

The first beautiful Poetry Friday blog of the year
featured a book I feel Dr. King also would
have loved to read to children, CAN I TOUCH YOUR
HAIR? Find that from last week, at Reading to the Core.

Some important book links about Dr. King are shared at Live Your Poem.

Peaceful wishes at this time of celebrating
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. &

The January 12, 2018 Poetry Friday Posse includes (but is not limited to…)

Myra GB at Gathering Books, who beams in with luminosity that can float you outside, to read in the light of the moon. Even. With. The. Cold. You will want to visit the picture book she shares -THE MOON’S LOVE IN POETRY, translated from Portuguese into English. The creators are father-son team, Jose Jorge Letria and Andre Letria.



Our own Teaching Authors campus ponders peace within, via April Halprin Wayland’s post. And – a giveaway!



Do alligators like the cold? Our poet knows. . . Go ahead and Nix The Comfort Zone.



Be on the leading edge of poetry with Linda Mitchell at A WORD EDGEWISE. She shares  lines in a forthcoming release by a magical poet.



Shuffle in the warm sands of downunder with Sally Murphy, who shares original salty verses as winter comfort for the chilled northabove. (Is that the opposite of downunder?)



Welcome back! Keri, at Keri Recommends. We missed you. She returns to share a lot, including her 2018 One Little Word. Perfect timing!


Artist & poet Michelle Kogan gives peace at chance with words from the incomparable
Maya Angelou.


Poet & novelist Laura Shovan visits the fascinating gingko. And she
is into new fancies, as always. Perhaps, inventing a new kind of scarf?



Robyn Hood Black, poet with a made-for-movies name, ponders
Burns, the Scottish bard. And for a very good reason!



Dears, if you yearn for a little Emily B. Go appreciate TabathaYeatts for our fix.



Tune to Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme with Matt Forrest Esenwine (FLASHLIGHT NIGHT guy) who brings a bulletin! (If you are reading this at an indecent late Thurs. hour, he’s live in the first minutes of Friday morn.)  https://wp.me/p2DEY3-1Na

Ice Music, anyone? Kay McGriff at Edublogs is listening & captivated.
I feel you will be, too.
Laura Purdie Salas presents her original poem “When Death Moved In,”
which sadly did not require research. Sigh. Extra love to you, Laura.
Teacher Dance with Linda Baie shimmies with tentative dance moves
of children from two different races, discovering friendship. How?
In poems! Original ones. That they write!
Jane The Rain City Librarian Jane The Rain City Librariantakes a cozy path into Middle Earth, which feels like the place I want to be.
Haiti Ruth
We wrap our arms around the community that has
sent out so much vibrant visual art & music & culinary delicacies to the world. January 12 will always be a time to remember the strong people of the enduring country of Haiti.


Carol Varsalona of Beyond Literacy shares a poetry surprise from the U.S. Mails, a poem delivery treat some Poetry Friday folks take to in fabulous fashion as her post shows. Next time, maybe you will sign up.



At Carol’s Corner take an important flight into Germany
with Rose, a 19-year-old young adult pilot (fiction, inspired
by the truths of young women surviving in beastly situations under
German Nazi terror & torture.)
Rose, a character created by the author of CODE NAME VERITY,
is empowered by poetry of Edna Saint Vincent Millay.
I followed so many links once I got started. Appreciations, Carol.

MaryLee Hahn book wrangler at Reading Year
leads us to LOVE, the book,
with a new poem illustrated for everyone, but especially for
young readers and those who read to them. Want.

Margaret Simon who steers so steady at Reflections on the Teche
looks into the depths of the bayou and brings us peace.
Poetry Friday: Bayou Sings
Tara Smith is on duty at A Teaching Life
winnowing wisdom from Mr. Langston Hughes,
poet & philosopher from the past, brought fast forward
for these hands-up-to-the-face-in-dismay times. Potent.
Heidi Mordhurst in the wonderful world of My Juicy Little Universe
gifts us with a needed celebration of precious young writers.Go treat yourself to keen observations of nature, including emerging poets’ lovely lines
inspired by our own (Amy at The Poem Farm!)
Donna Smith is keeping uniquely iced at Mainely Write.
She has the best winter frost picture ever & imaginative poetry riffing from it.
Amy Ludwig Vanderwater of The Poem Farm flies a dove to us
in original artwork & poem. She also finds a dove from a famous artist. But mostly,
go be enchanted with a trick taught Ms. Amy by a wee writing student!
Especially in these times, we are grateful that Dani Burstfield is Doing The Work That Matters. Today she returns from a chilly forest hike with
wish-you-were-there images & poetry.
Poetry Friday: Haiku
Helping us live our poems, we find piper Irene Latham opening up picture books
where poems flow by with some words Spanish, some words English.
Karen Edmisten brings us to a poet we can’t listen & learn from,
often enough, Mr. Langston Hughes. With great appreciations, Karen!


Take a whirl with Julie Paschkis’ folkloric art & animal poems, in the gallery today, at Books4LearningThe book title alone is endearing.



Little Willow with Bildungsroman, known for bringing the right books  to grateful hands, visits with a poem by the artist & poet Rupi Kaur.  Thank you, Little Willow.



Violet shows us how to be inspired in one, two, three, four, five, six original poems. Cuteness alert in the photo dept! Plus, she dispenses a handful of new-to-me words, folded quite nicely & rightly into an original poem.



Do you crave more student poems? I do. Jone, who is maclibrary,  obliges with flair, with four. And she announces a book winner 🙂 Could be you? https://maclibrary.wordpress.com/2018/01/12/poetry-friday-student-poetry-and-a-winner/


Inventive Brenda, spinning magic at Friendly Fairy Tales, remembers summer while dealing with the stuff of this very season. And don’t cha know, she gifts us a groovy word she made.   https://friendlyfairytales.com/2018/01/11/siren-summer/


Christine who is Wondering and Wandering mindfully, joins us with an original haiku at the New Year, inspired by the exchange created our own Jone, an annual event that  gives homage to the idea of Nengajo, a Japanese custom of sending New Years postcards.


You will want to be Reading to the Core with Catherine,
where she brings us into the realm of a wonderful Ambassador,
Jacqueline Woodson!


Maybe you have tried the French lai, but it’s new to me. Rather, it was new to me

until Kats Whiskers heart poured out into it. Go visit.


***  from your correpondent – Links are flying into this territory in flocks, so latest links, could be in comments, beneath. Appreciations for your creative sharing at your posts & sweet words here. My plan is to tuck in any more arrivals – you folks are busy poet peddlers! –  Sat. morn at some indeterminate o’clock  & to toggle around myself to every P.F. poster before next Friday.  Remember that next Friday we  be conducted by Kay, who brought us the incredible ice music post today.

She is at  A Journey Through the Pages.

Thank you, everyone!





54 responses to “Every Human Has Rights – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

  1. Jan, thanks for hosting, and thanks for a beautiful post about that marvelous book! I’m in this week with Langston Hughes. It’s here. Thanks!


  2. I have used EVERY HUMAN HAS RIGHTS for the last few years with fifth graders, I will be buying MARTIN RISING this weekend to share with my students. Thanks for the recommendation. Today I’m sharing “Counting Out Rhyme” by Edna Saint Vincent Millay. I just finished a WWII novel, ROSE UNDER FIRE, that I think will speak to the hearts of my poetry-loving friends, so I also reviewed that novel in today’s post. http://carolwscorner.blogspot.com/2018/01/poetry-friday.html


  3. Jan, I am so glad that you are focusing on Martin Luther King. Thank you. When in Atlanta for the NCTE Conference, I was fortunate to take the Civil Rights Tour directed by a man who was MLK’s assistant and driver of his children during the Civil Rights time. I even saw the home MLK lived in. It was a fascinating and inspirational being in the places that Martin walked. Tonight, I am offering a post on a recent Special Mail Delivery from Linda Mitchell at http://beyondliteracylink.blogspot.com/2018/01/special-mail-delivery.html.


  4. Thanks for hosting, Jan! It may go without saying, but it’s so important that children everywhere understand who King was and what he stood for. (I was very proud of my 8-yr-old, who aced his MLK test this week!) I have a different sort of celebration going on at the ol’ Triple-R…with new book news! https://wp.me/p2DEY3-1Na (Link goes live shortly after midnight)


    • Yay! for studying Dr. King at 8 years old. When I was a bit or more older than him, I appreciated reading Letter From the Birmingham Jail.

      And you! Bravo for news of the bookish kind. We all want to know. And will wait for the morning.

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  5. You are so kind, Jan! I was shocked to see myself in the comments — you are ahead of the game! 🙂 Tonight I’m listening to peaceful music, the perfect accompaniment to your gentle, encouraging post. Thanks for rounding us up! (And thanks for missing me. I’m happy to be back!)


    • It is spirit-full to come back to something that is wonderful! I know you will enjoy seeing us visit at Keri Recommends.
      (Early posting owes to a sneezing, coughing eye-wetting ague that laughs at all nostroms. Once I wiggle under the comforter, I may become more tardy in upkeep here . . .)


  6. Thanks for sharing these two books with us Jan, on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I’d like to take a look at both of them. I also appreciated the photo article on King. Our country could benefit in so many ways from more peaceful individuals like him. I have a montage of poems and art this week. Two are peace related–a golden shovel that I wrote taken from a poem by Maya Angelou. Thanks for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup this week. Here’s a link to my post: https://moreart4all.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/poetry-friday-rising-up-art/


  7. Jan, what a beautiful celebration in honor of Dr. King. Thanks for recommending EVERY HUMAN HAS RIGHTS. I am going to look for that book.

    I have an original poem, “Gingko,” today. It’s a #10FoundWords poem from Feb. 27 of last year. (I know! Still completing last February’s challenge.) Another project I’m working on is knitting a temperature scarf. Having a lot of fun being creative with science and yarn.



  8. Beautiful Jan….my friend who introduced me to Poetry Friday and changed my life. I love your post today and I’m so happy to be here. Today, I am working toward my goal of reviewing more poetry (reviewing well..,no reflection on the poetry) by sharing my thoughts on a new collection from Naomi Shahib Nye coming out next month, Voices in the Air. Fingers crossed that I can grow in this area.


  9. Hi, Jan ~ thanks for introducing me to EVERY HUMAN HAS RIGHTS and for the thoughtful tone of your post.
    You talk about peace. My post on TeachingAuthors.com continues our round-robin wherein each of us considers the question, “How, as writers, do we want to challenge ourselves or our students in the new year?”
    Mine has to do with inner peace, which for me comes before peace in my writing, in my teaching, and in my world. It’s called, LET GO. SIMPLIFY. (And Book Giveaway!)
    (link is live Friday morning)
    May the new year bring balance and kindness across our small planet and beyond.

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