Where justice is denied,
Ignorance and enmity prevail.
Where one group is oppressed,
Every group must face travail.
Many yearn for peace
With a pure and sincere desire
But unless they also fight for justice
True peace has no chance to transpire.
When the presumptions of some
Degrade or malign any
People and their property are endangered,
Be they the few or the many.
Where a youth is wrongly suspected
Bigotry runs wild.
When a vigilante pulls the trigger,
He executes a child.
When a jury sits in judgment
And the law conflicts with truth
A murderer goes unpunished
For the lynching of this youth
Where justice is denied
And the victim bears the blame.
To stand silent and unprotesting,
Is to earn enduring shame
The learning of the wise
Alone the world won’t save.
This requires the nobility of the good
And the honor of the brave
Let us remember Trayvon Martin
Though we cannot bring him back
We can arise and work relentlessly
To put justice back on track
In the state of Florida
And all throughout the land
Black and white must come together
And make a valiant stand.