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Freedom’s Child

“I like me!

No doubt about it.

I like you.

Can’t live without out!

We are free!

Let’s shout about it!

Hooray for freedom’s child.”

i am freedom's childThat mantra is adapted from the book I Am Freedom’s Child written by well-known children’s author Bill Martin in 1970.  I learned its words at an educational conference I attended in 1979 at the University of North Dakota.  Bill Martin was the keynote speaker and he led us in reciting a longer version of the I Am Freedom’s Child chant antiphonally every morning of the four-day conference. The poem’s words promoted values of self-worth, appreciation and acceptance of others and the protection of liberties and freedoms that should be the right of every person in a democratic society.

Me and Bill Martin in 1979

For a week at that conference in 1979 children’s author Bill Martin and his colleagues introduced a cadre of more than a hundred teachers to poetry and music and wonderful books written by exceptional children’s authors. One of the things they emphasized was how good literature could change children’s lives by making them more open-minded and caring, and giving them a window into a world where people accepted themselves and accepted others, even if they were very different than they were.

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Member of Congress John Lewis

As I look at what is happening with the Black Lives Matter movement and as I learned yesterday about the death of the great civil rights leader John Lewis the words of I Am Freedom’s Child came to mind. We all need to take to heart, as Lewis did, the poem’s message that loving and appreciating ourselves and loving and appreciating others is necessary to overcome our differences and make freedom’s dream come true. 

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Freedom’s Child

“I like me!

No doubt about it.

I like you.

Can’t live without out!

We are free!

Let’s shout about it!

Hooray for freedom’s child.”

i am freedom's childThat mantra is adapted from Freedom’s Child written by children’s  author Bill Martin in 1970.  I learned it at an educational conference I attended in 1979 at the University of North Dakota. We recited it every day. 

me and bill martin

Me and Bill Martin in 1979

For a week children’s author Bill Martin and his colleagues introduced us to poetry and music and wonderful books and great children’s authors. One of the things they talked to us about was how good literature could change children’s lives by making them more open minded and caring, giving them a window into a world where people liked themselves and accepted and liked others, even if they were very different than they were.

As I  follow the American election campaign I’ve considered sending some voters and politicians a copy of I Am Freedom’s Child. They need to take to heart its message that acceptance of all kinds of people and their differences is necessary to make freedom’s dream come true. 

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A Bible on the Ballot Box

A Fire Changed Her Life

 

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