We Shall Overcome


     The class now I am taking is American cultural studies. I studied about Martin Luther King Jr. yesterday, and studied about discrimination of Alabama and about John Fitzgerald Kennedy today.

     Although I knew their names of Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy, I hadn’t known about them exactly until I took the class. I didn’t even know that they had lived at the same time and had affected each other.

     “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin by the content of their character.”

      That was the very famous words of Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 1963, and became the symbol of his nonviolent action for advancing the struggle for Civil Rights. “An unjust law is no law at all.” he gave his life for obtaining equality and justice for black people.

      Yesterday here in Japan, a law was denied as violation of the Constitution. If children whose mothers are Japanese, they are Japanese. However, if children whose mothers are not Japanese but their fathers are Japanese, they cannot be regarded as Japanese. The judicature judged the law was unjust.

     But sadly since  Martin Luther King Jr. was killed about 50 years ago, still now in Alabama, the severity of the inequality gap has existed. The circumstances haven’t changed so much for this half century there.

     The voice of Martin Luther King Jr. is heard.


We shall overcome,
We shall overcome,
we shall overcome,
Oh deep in my heart,
I do believe, that
We shall overcome


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