Emmett Louis Till
(July 25, 1941 - August 28, 1955)
Trayvon Benjamin Martin
(February 5, 1995 - February 26, 2012)
(February 16, 1995 - November 23, 2012)
(1996 - August 9, 2014)
Like the river Jordan,
I will shed a tear for you.
Like many of our young black men,
Why did you have to die too soon?
Your innocence will always be treasured;
Your legacy will live on forever,
And your radiant smile
Can never be measured.
For it stretches to the hearts and souls
Of every mother, father and son.
As God sets a place for you in heaven,
Know that your work is never done!
Your spirit is now free to
Roam the open skies,
As far as the river Nile;
Spread your angel wings to
Watch over every young black child.
© 2013 Syneeda Penland