Making History

This week MLK Academy 6th, 7th, and 8th students explored what it means to “make history.”  Together we read and discussed the poem “Making History” by Marilyn Nelson. In the poem the speaker is a young girl who is standing in line with other children getting a polio shot. Mrs. Liebel said we were Making History/ but all I did was sqwunch up my eyes and wince. The speaker disagrees with her teacher, believing that a simple action such as getting a vaccine doesn’t create a big impact on history. Yet the girl’s perspective changes when she remembers her mother referencing the first black telephone operator, the first black pilots, and the first black supreme court judge. The girl, like the reader finally realizes that these significant people in history are remembered for taking that “first step,” that one action that may seem insignificant, yet can pave a path towards achievement not only for themselves but for others as well.

Inspired by Marilyn Nelson, students wrote poems about how they would like to “make history,” and what they want to be remembered for. Please enjoy these published poems.



How London Makes History
By London

How I plan to make history is by cleaning up the streets.
And just persuade people to clean up in general.
And hope that Trump isn’t reelected because he is racist.
And a bad person in general.
I wish to persuade people not to vote for him again.


How Stephon Made History
By Stephon

I did a lot in my life.
I played baseball, basketball, and football.
I drew pictures and wrote poems.
I played with my friends: tag, basketball,
and mafia. In the future I would like to have my
own clothing line. I want to leave behind a legacy
of a lot of people wearing my stuff.
I want my dream cars, a Lamborghini
Urus and a BMW I8.



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.