The Museum and the Indian Cultural Society present the second annual Gandhi Jayanti Student Essay and Poster Contest.
This contest celebrates the connection between Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., two of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century. As the city and nation commemorate the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, we call attention to these two great historical figures and their contributions to civil rights movements across the globe.
High School students (9th through 12th grade) were asked to submit one essay (500-750 words) OR one original artwork submitted in a digital format that demonstrates the influence of Mahatma Gandhi on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., using one of the following themes:
- Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy and results of non-violent Civil Rights activities in India
- The influence of Mahatma Gandhi on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S.
- The influence of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophies on civil rights movements worldwide
Students were recognized at a special reception in honor of Gandhi’s birthday (Gandhi Jayanti) at the Birmingham Museum of Art on October 6, 2013. Special thanks to the Indian Cultural Society for sponsoring!
Nicholas Bruno, First Place
Madeline Hand, Second Place
Virginia Gresham, Third Place
Christina Johnsen, Brian Joseph, and Daveena Patel, Honorable Mentions
Thank you to all of our participants: