The International World Peace Rose Gardens program is a worldwide effort to help youth recognize the importance and value of peace. In March 1992, the Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have a Dream" World Peace Rose Garden was planted at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. The garden is an artistic interpretation of Dr. King’s life and ideals of peace through nonviolence. The garden’s starburst design brings attention to the brilliance of Dr. King’s ideals using the Official Flower of the United States, the rose.
The Garden borders the Peace Plaza, in front of the Visitor Center. It has 185 roses in a variety of colors and fragrances. The graves of Dr. and Mrs. King can be seen directly across the street if you stand at the Peace Plaza, facing the rose garden. Each year an annual contest is held and students from local, national, and global schools submit poems of peace. Winning poems are selected and installed in the rose garden for the period of a year.
The 28th Anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream” World Peace Rose Garden” at Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, and the 30 Winners of the 2020 Inspirational Messages of Peace Contest will be honored through a virtual ceremony, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Two thousand, four hundred and eleven students competed in the Inspirational Messages of Contest and were from schools in China, India and Gaza, internationally; and Alabama, Washington D.C., California and the Greater Atlanta, Georgia Area in the United States.The virtual ceremony, produced by TJ David and Sylvia Villalobos of International World Peace Rose Gardens, is a thirty-minute video, that will be launched through YouTube Channel on August 28, 2020. This date coincides with the 57th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, when Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” Speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Click Here to View Video.
The Atlanta garden is one of five major World Peace Rose Gardens established around the world by International World Peace Rose Gardens. The other gardens are located at other cultural, historical and sacred centers of the world and focus on different aspects of peace.