The Nobel Peace Prize is one of the five annual Nobel Prizes (Chemistry, Physics, Physiology or Medicine, and Literature being the others) bequeathed by the Swedish industrialist and arms manufacturer, Alfred Nobel. His will says the Peace Prize should be awarded to:
the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.
Due to the political nature of the Peace Prize, unlike the other prizes, it has often been the subject of controversy, both for notable omissions (including Mahatma Gandhi and Eleanor Roosevelt), and for awarding the prize to encourage future achievements rather than recognising past ones (many considered this to be the case when President Barack Obama received the award in 2009 after only eight and a half months in office.)
Today marks the 86th anniversary of the birth of perhaps the most popular Nobel Peace Prize-winner, Martin Luther King, Jr. King was a proponent of Gandhi’s principle of non-violence, and devoted his life to bringing greater equality to America and promoting civil rights for all people regardless of race. King was shot dead as he stood on the second-floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. His final words were spoken to the musician who was scheduled to perform at an event King was attending later that night:
Ben, make sure you play Take My Hand, Precious Lord in the meeting tonight. Play it real pretty.
Let’s take a moment to remember those who died in the name of peace, with this week’s photo prompt:
A story of between 90 and 110 words starting with PEACE and ending with PRIZE and incorporating the photo prompt.
Anyone, but especially you!
Why not! Because it’s fun. Because it’s a challenge. Because the winner will receive their own winner’s page, their story on the winning stories list, a ‘who is the the author’ feature to be posted next week, entry into the ‘Micro Bookend of the Year’ competition, and a copy of this year’s winning stories compilation.
Now! Get your entry in BEFORE 5:00 am Friday (UK time: http://time.is/London).
Post your story in the comments section. Include the word count and your Twitter username (if you’re Twitterized). Don’t forget to read the full rules before submitting your story.
Please give your story a title. It will not be included in the word count.
Please try to leave comments on a couple of other stories. It’s all part of the fun, and everyone likes feedback!
Remember, only stories that use the bookends exactly as supplied (punctuation is allowed) will be eligible to win.