Conjuring Love

Celebrating 50 Years After MLK Speech

Conjuring Love

Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We gathered under his voice

because he had the courage

to bare our sorrows

humanizing our dark skin.

He taught us

to stand for peace

without fear

to let go of the shame

and fight for equality.

We followed him

because he walked his dreams

and dared to fight back

against a system

that killed

to keep us out

of their apple pie reveries

He conjured love

that moved the world

leaving our children

with a martyr

that can never be

silenced or denied.

© Kiana Davis 2013

from Kiana Davis’ collection of poetry Digging For Roots available on



Published by Poet Kiana Davis

Kiana Davis was born and raised in Richmond, California. She began writing poetry at the age of 12 to grapple with growing up in a low income community and to help her develop her identity as a young black girl in America. For the past 10 years, she has worked as an educator teaching at-risk youth in Washington State.

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