School board member co-hosts MLK poster contest

admin | 3/1/2012, 4:30 a.m.

The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is often seen as one that is hard to parallel. Kings life was all about peacefully creating change for people across the world. In efforts to continue to promote his dream, Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, District 2, Miami-Dade County school board member, recently held the second annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. peace poster contest at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. We constantly teach our children about peace in the community but do we really listen to what children say peace is to them? Bendross-Mindingall asked. What better way for us to see what they are thinking than to have them draw their thoughts? Aboutadozen students from varying high schools participated in the contest. Students created art pieces ranging from clocks and paintings to drawings. The event was co-hosted by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime, District 2, who also served as a judge for the contest. Prizes were given to first, second, and third place finishers; all finalists received a certificate. Love, peace and happiness inspired me; its what I believe in, said Amari Wyche, 17, an 11th grader at Young Mens Preparatory Academy who participated in the contest. I hope one day the world will believe in the same thing that I believe in or at least resemble it. One Design and Architecture Senior High School (DASH) student that participated in the contest said he chose his piece because of the legacy that Dr. King left behind. I chose to draw this pose of Dr. King because of the strength that he exhibited, said 18-year-old Jean-Marc Bastien. I also chose the words my dreams are your dreams because I believe that his legacy has been passed on to us. In the future I want to be an industrial designer. By Randy Grice rgrice@miamitimesonline.com