Defend Public Education

National Campaign to Defend Music and the Arts in Public Education

We Will Not Accept Our Dreams Deferred
A Dream Deferred, By Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up– like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore– And then run?
Does itstink– like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over– like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags– like a heavy load.
Music and the other arts programs in Detroit schools are facing massive cuts. We must not allow this to continue. We cannot imagine living in a world without music and art. We know that if we allow Rob Bobb, Governor Snyder or any of his appointees to eliminate music andart, then sports and other critical programs will follow. Vital academic programs are already being cut and there are threats of more school closings.
The chances of Detroit youth attending college are being greatly diminished; our right to learn and grow as full human beings, denied. We cannot and will not accept becoming the first of many generations of Detroit students to live under the new institutionalized Jim Crow. Our dreams must not be deferred. We must not accept our rights and opportunities beinglimited by the racism, cynicism and betrayals of the politiciansIt is our time to fight and lead. To quote Dr. King, Detroit students and youth must act “with the fierce urgency of now”.
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