MLK's message resonates today; Youths get the point in their essays.
Byline: Bronislaus Kush Kush: see Cush.
COLUMN: WORCESTER DIARY
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s views on peace and equality were warmly embraced by the youth movement of the turbulent 1960s.
Interestingly, his message of hope and his struggle for civil rights still resonate with kids and young adults almost 41 years after the activist clergyman was assassinated as·sas·si·nate
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The themes relate to Rev. King's works and legacy. This year, the kids were asked what they would do to overcome violence in order to win the Nobel Peace Prize The Nobel Peace Prize (Swedish and Norwegian: Nobels fredspris) is the name of one of five Nobel Prizes bequeathed by the Swedish industrialist and inventor Alfred Nobel. .
The winning essays clearly show that today's youngsters still get Rev. King's points.
"Differences of opinion play a key role in the manifestations of violence. People don't understand that others have a right to their own opinions," wrote Sullivan Middle School seventh-grader Sebastien Deveau, one of the contest winners. "People have to realize that everyone is unique and that no one is better than anyone else."
Another winner, Elizabeth Engdahl, a 10th-grader from St. Peter-Marian Central Catholic Senior High School, noted that hate has found a new venue - cyberspace Coined by William Gibson in his 1984 novel "Neuromancer," it is a futuristic computer network that people use by plugging their minds into it! The term now refers to the Internet or to the online or digital world in general. See Internet and virtual reality. Contrast with meatspace. .
She wrote that cyber-bullying can be found in text messaging Sending short messages to a smartphone, pager, PDA or other handheld device. Text messaging implies sending short messages generally no more than a couple of hundred characters in length. , MySpace comments and other electronic forms.
"Awareness and education about bullying are essential to change," she wrote.
Interestingly, Nicholas Erskine, who's in Grade 8 at St. Peter-Marian Central Catholic Junior High, said the Internet could
be used to resolve issues of violence. He said
he would like to create a Web site allowing people from warring nations to work out their differences.
Kimberly Truong, an eighth-grader at Sullivan Middle, succinctly said that the ultimate way to overcome violence is to teach tolerance.
"Developing tolerance in one's character would foster a spirit of brotherhood," she said.
Suzanne Morrissey has been named the new editor of Holy Cross Magazine, the quarterly alumni magazine at Mount St. James.
Ms. Morrissey recently was an editorial consultant and project manager, working for such magazines as Better Homes & Gardens, Woman's Day Woman's Day is an American magazine aimed at a female readership, covering such subjects as food, nutrition, fitness, beauty and fashion. It was first published in 1931 as a free A&P in-store menu/recipe planner, calculated to make customers buy more by giving them meal , and Country Home, among others.
From 1998 to 2007, she was senior editor in the Special Media division of Meredith Corp.
In addition to her duties with the magazine, Ms. Morrissey will serve as an associate director in the school's Office of Public Affairs Those public information, command information, and community relations activities directed toward both the external and internal publics with interest in the Department of Defense. Also called PA. See also command information; community relations; public information. , with responsibility for Web site content development and electronic communications.
She succeeds Jack O'Connell
Jack T. O'Connell (born October 8, 1951) is a California politician. , who founded the periodical 11 years ago.
Mr. O'Connell left the magazine to pursue fiction writing. He is the author of books that use Worcester for settings.