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Two Ga. Cyber Academy Students Honored at Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site 

5/16/2014, 10:21 a.m.
Gainesville resident and 10th grader at Georgia Cyber Academy, Rachel Green earned recognition for her winning poem in the 2014 ...
Rachel Green’s plaque inscribed with her poem, which will reside in the World Peace Rose Garden for a year.

Edited by Titus Falodun

ATLANTA - Gainesville resident and 10th grader at Georgia Cyber Academy, Rachel Green earned recognition for her winning poem in the 2014 Inspirational Messages of Peace Poem Contest.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site organized the annual contest that coincided with the 22nd Anniversary Celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream” World Peace Rose Garden. And Green’s poem was one of 26 poems selected as a winning entry from nearly 2,000 submissions from students in Georgia, California, Mexico and China. 

“I think it’s a shame people cannot talk about their religion without fear of offending somebody,” Green said. “Hardly anyone has a voice. That’s not something MLK would be proud of.”

During the celebratory event, Green had the opportunity to read her winning poem aloud, and observed a bronze plaque engraved with her “Message of Peace” which was unveiled in the World Peace Rose Garden at the Martin Luther King Jr. Visitors Center.

“When I saw the plaque, it made the moment even more real for me,” she said.

Plaques will be on display for a year to provide inspiration for garden visitors.

“It’s a great recognition of Rachel’s creativity and passion about the topic,” GCA’s Head of School Matt Arkin said.

This year’s guest speaker was Angela Farris Watkins, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Spelman College and the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. Alabama Herring, a 9th grader at GCA, also had her poem recognized.

The International World Peace Rose Gardens program is a worldwide effort to help youth recognize the importance and value of peace. The Martin Luther King, Jr. World Peace Rose Garden was planted at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia in 1992.  The Atlanta garden is one of five major World Peace Rose Gardens established around the world.

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On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, registered voters in Fulton County are reminded to cast their ballots at their designated precinct. Due to county redistricting, residents were mailed new voter registration cards indicating precinct number and poll location. The Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections encourages all registered voters to call 404-612-7020 if they have questions regarding the new cards.  

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