Before you were born there was a man named Martin Luther King Jr. He believed that all people, no matter what color of their skin, should be able to eat together, travel together, work together, study together, and play together. When he was alive people were not allowed to do any of those things together. People discriminated against black people by not allowing them do do those things. Black people were forced to be separate and not at all equal.
Martin Luther King Jr. stood up for what he believed he wanted a better life for his children.
He protested peacefully in the streets with others to tell people what he believed. He supported "sit ins". He was killed because of what he believed.
We remember him because he made people question what they believed to be true. Do you ever question if something is true?
*He believed that you could peacefully disagree with someone.
*He believed that you can peacefully change something that you don't like.
What is peace?
Can you see it in a beautiful painted landscape
feel it when you hug a loved one
hear it when you listen to beautiful music
Can you just sense it sometimes?
It is nice to feel peaceful at home and at school. When I think about creating peace I remember the wise words of a very old man that I met in Hiroshima, Japan, he said...
"peace begins with me and the person next to me"
Think about what that means to you. I think it is about working hard at relationships. At school we learn strategies to help us like using "I" statements when we are upset. We try to make friends with everyone...we extend kindness. It is not always easy...but it is important to think about and to act.
There are artists who think about peace and relationships. Cbabi Bayoc is a St. Louis artist who is a painter. He is painting pictures that depict (show) peaceful relationships. He is painting a picture for every day of the year showing fathers and their children.
Frank De Las Mercedes is a New York artist who, for ten years, painted boxes like this: