There are many symbols of peace: the olive branch, the dove, a broken rifle, a white poppy or rose, the “V” sign, which just so happens to be the symbol of my name and new line.
The peace symbol is one of the most recognized symbols around the world and the one most used during marches and in protests.
Its history begins in Britain, where it was designed by graphic artist Gerald Holtom in 1958 to be used as a symbol against nuclear arms. The peace symbol debuted on Easter weekend that year, at a rally of the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War, which included a march from London to Aldermaston.
An ally of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Bayard Rustin, was a participant at that march in 1958. Apparently impressed with the power of the peace symbol, he brought it back to the United States, and it was used in civil rights marches and demonstrations soon after.
By the late ’60s and into the 70s, the peace sign was showing up in demonstrations and marches against the world; making appearances on T-shirts, coffee mugs and the bumperstickers, during this period of protest. The symbol became so linked with the movement that it has now become an iconic symbol for the entire generation.
The peace symbol was intentionally never copyrighted, so anyone in the world can use it for any purpose, in any medium, for free. Its message is timeless and available to all who want to use it to make their point for peace.