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2016 Inspirational Message of Peace Contest youth winners to be announced May 12Awards to be handed out at 24th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site "I Have a Dream" World Peace Rose Garden as part of the National Park Service 2016 centennial celebration activities
ATLANTA—The top student winners of the 2016 Inspirational Messages of Peace Contest will be announced Thursday, May 12 during the 24th anniversary celebration of the "I Have a Dream" World Peace Rose Garden at Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.
The National Park Service and its partner the International World Peace Rose Gardens organization will host the public event Thursday, May 12 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The program will begin at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, located adjacent to The King Center, at 407 Auburn Avenue, N.E. An unveiling ceremony of the engraved winning messages will follow at the "I Have a Dream" World Peace Rose Garden, located near the park's visitor center at 450 Auburn Ave, N.E. The event will also highlight theNational Park Service's centennial year.
"This year, more than 1,800 students from India, the Gaza Strip, Mexico, California and Georgia participated in this creative writing competition, which serves as an excellent tool to evaluate the upcoming generation of global class citizens and leaders," said Acting Superintendent Fields.
The Inspirational Messages of Peace Contest invites students to express the ideals of the garden or an aspect of peace, in short poetic prose. Selected messages are engraved on individual plaques and placed throughout the gardens to act as points of inspiration. This year's contest winners will have their messages displayed in garden the until May of 2017.
The International World Peace Rose Gardens program is a worldwide effort to help youth recognize the importance and value of peace. In March 1992, the Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have a Dream" World Peace Rose Garden was planted at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. The garden is an artistic interpretation of Dr. King's life and ideals of peace through nonviolence. The garden's starburst design brings attention to the brilliance of Dr. King's ideals using the national flower of the United States, the rose.
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