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Mother's Day Peace Party

Mother's Day Peace Party
Featuring Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks
Cleveland Public Library - May 12, 2012

The Indian Cultural Garden committee of FICA is one of the sponsoring groups of the annual Mother's Day Peace Party at the MLK branch of the Cleveland Public Library. The May 12, 2012 event was the 5th annual Mother's Day Peace Party.

Margaret Bernstein, Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist, served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the event which included music, dance and performances.

Margaret Bernstein

Margaret Bernstein


One of the highlights was a poem recitation by 1st-grader Janaki Nair.

Janaki wore a dress similar to what Mother's Day creator Julia Ward Howe may have worn in 1870. Young Janaki recited, from memory, Julia Ward Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation.

Janaki Nair

Janaki Nair



Janaki Nair


Wynne Antonio presented the Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice scholarship to Alethea Hoffer.

Wynne Antonio

Wynne Antonio

Wynne Antonio  and Alethea Hoffer

Wynne Antonio and Alethea Hoffer

Alethea Hoffer

Alethea Hoffer


Yvonne Pointer was given the Inspirational Mother Award.

Yvonne Pointer

Yvonne Pointer

Yvonne Pointer


Leon Bibb from WEWS recited one of his poems titled A Chorus Line, which he dedicated to his mother.

Leon Bibb

Leon Bibb



Leon Bibb


The highlight of the event was a performance of A Conversation between Icons written by Raj Pillai. It featured Leon Bibb as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Raj Pillai as Mahatma Gandhi and Sherrie Tolliver as Rosa Parks.

Leon Bibb and Sherrie Tolliver as Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks

Leon Bibb and Sherrie Tolliver as Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks


Mahatma Gandhi (Raj Pillai) arrives

Mahatma Gandhi (Raj Pillai) arrives




Part 1 of the video

Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks




Part 2 of the video


Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks


Raj PIllai as Mahatma Gandhi

Raj Pillai as Mahatma Gandhi


After the performance, attendees lined up for photos with the 3 historical icons.

Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks with Paramjit Singh

Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks with Paramjit Singh


Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks with Debbie Hanson

Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks with Debbie Hanson


Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks with attendee


Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks

Martin Luther King (Leon Bibb), Rosa Parks (Sherrie Tolliver)
and Mahatma Gandhi (Raj Pillai)


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