Middle School Essay Winner

"True peace is not merely the absence of tension, but the presence of justice and brotherhood". - Martin Luther King, Jr.

When we say "peace," most people think of quiet and stillness, but the "peace" Martin Luther King, Jr. was talking about was freedom from strife of any kind. He knew that peace and harmony was necessary for mankind to progress. He wanted all people of all races to respect each other even if they did not like one another. He felt that the world would be a better place if we learned to live in peace. He also felt that we should be able to work out all our differences and make peace.

Justice calls for fair treatment for all people. Justice should not be based on the color of one's skin, but what's on the inside of one's heart. Justice does not just happen in the courtroom, but has many forms such as "equal rights", "civil rights", and "equal opportunity". Justice really means giving every man what he deserves.

Brotherhood is a state of being brothers or acting as a brother. It can be an association for any purpose such as a fraternity, but a brotherhood's main purpose should have a common aim or belief and a positive goal in mind. As brothers and sisters, we should care and love one another. There should be a bond of friendship and a deep feeling of pride in all of us.

Peace, justice and brotherhood must all come from the heart. The foundation for each of these things is love. If we love one another, we will work towards peace with all mankind, treat each other fairly, and always look out for the next person. If we do these things, we will keep the dream alive not only for ourselves, but for everyone.

Haleigh Johnson (6th grade)