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Recap: Seeds of Peace

Georgia WAND and The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change launched a new partnership through Visions and Voices of Peace, the first in a series of three events to honor and remember victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Visions and Voices of Peace, which took place on Saturday, August 6 at the King Center, was attended by around 100 supporters.

Local middle and high school students performed retellings of stories written by Hiroshima victims. Ranging from eighth graders to seniors in high school, two of whom learned English as a second language, these performers captured the voice and spirit of the stories they read. Alice Lovelace and Theresa Davis shared poetry that spoke to the heart of peace and nuclear disarmament. Alice Lovelace shared the poem she wrote dedicated to Georgia WAND, inspired by her public arts project entitled “Harriet Rising.” Theresa Davis captured the audience with her poem entitled “Enola Gay,” which imagines the story of the woman whose son painted her name the B-29 bomber that dropped the A-Bomb on Hiroshima. David Rothauser shared clips from his documentary Hibakusha, Our Life to Live. The attention was then turned to the audience, as viewers were invited to ask questions to both David Rothauser and Elizabeth Baldwin, who provided the translation into English from the original survivors’ stories written in Japanese.

The next day, Rothauser’s film was screened in full at the Atlanta Friends Meeting House to an audience of 30 supporters.

To conclude Seeds of Peace, the Rose Garden Remembrance Ceremony in honor of Nagasaki was held at the Carter Center on August 9th. Gatherers joined hands around the rose garden, sang songs accompanied by guitars and accordions, and everyone offered their own hopes and ideas for a future of peace. Georgia WAND would like to especially thank the Atlanta Friends Meeting House for hosting the film screening, The King Center for co-sponsoring Visions and Voices of Peace,  Nuclear Watch South, the students and poets who performed at Visions and Voices of Peace, the Band of Desperate Men for their musical performance, Elizabeth Baldwin for her work in translating the survivors’ stories, and Krista Brewer for hosting David Rothauser. Check out links to media coverage of Seeds of Peace below!

Teens observe 66th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing

Teens and War: First-Hand Account of Hiroshima Bombings

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