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The Ohio Civil Rights Commission is pleased to hold an annual statewide Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Writing & Multimedia Contest. This contest is intended to encourage students to reflect upon Dr. King’s life, philosophy, and impact on the Civil Rights movement and present day America. It is meant to challenge students to think about how civil rights and diversity affect their lives and how they can continue the work of Dr. King in their own way.
All Ohio students in grades 6-12 are invited to enter this contest and may submit one (1) entry per student. Students may choose which type of entry they wish to submit. All contest entries must be accompanied by a clearly written official entry form, completed in its entirety. (Submissions are not considered without a completed entry form).
The Ohio Civil Rights Commission is excited to announce the submission period is open for our 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Essay, and Multimedia Contest! This year's theme is "Be the Change."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. studied many of the world’s great leaders and philosophers when framing his own beliefs. One of the most influential of those philosophers was Mahatma Gandhi, who Dr. King called, “the guiding light of [the] technique of nonviolent social change.” In 1959, Dr. King even travelled to India to walk in Gandhi’s footsteps and learn from Gandhi’s followers there. Dr. King and Gandhi shared the belief that love and peace are the best way to change the hearts and minds of the public. Both men understood that if they wanted to inspire their community to change, they had to make the same changes themselves. Gandhi said, “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.” Dr. King lived this philosophy by practicing peaceful protests instead of trying to counter hatred and violence with more of the same.
Dr. King was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s message to be the change he wished to see in the world. Each participant in the art contest is invited to participate by creating an image that creatively responds to the following question:
What change have you made or will you make in yourself to make the world a better place?
For more details on contest requirements and selection criteria, see the contest information form here.
For a fillable PDF entry form, click here.
All entries should be postmarked or emailed by December 8, 2017 at 5:00PM.
Questions? Call us at (888) 278-7101
The Excellence in Teaching Diversity Award is given to an Ohio grade 6-12 teacher who demonstrates exemplary dedication to diversity and teaching the lessons of civil rights in the classroom. Any individual may nominate a teacher and a teacher may nominate himself/herself.
Each recipient of these awards will receive an honorary certificate, a small gift, and recognition at the Ohio Civil Rights Commission’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Writing and Multimedia Contest awards ceremony.
• The nominee must be a current or former grade 6-12 teacher at an Ohio school.
Award selection criteria include, but are not limited to:
• The nominee’s consistent practice of celebrating diversity with students, colleagues, and community members;
• The nominee’s ability to incorporate the lessons and tenants of the civil rights movement and Ohio’s civil rights laws into the classroom;
• The nominee’s positive impact on students, particularly in the promotion of academic excellence and community engagement;
• The nominee's leadership and communication skills;
• The nominee’s respect and recognition by his/her peers as one who goes above and beyond the normal expectations of a teacher.
Nominations will be reviewed by the staff and Commissioners of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. The Commissioners will select the winner based on the above criteria. Awards will be announced in January 2018.
Nominators can respond directly to the questions on the following pages or attach a nomination in letter form. Please limit nomination letters to two typed pages. Nomination forms become the property of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and may be shared with the public and the nominee.
Although nomination questions are geared toward older children and adults, we do encourage input from young nominators as well – feel free to attach young student nominations to the completed form.
Nominations may be emailed by 8:00 am on November 3, 2017, or may be mailed to the following address. Mailed nominations must be postmarked by November 1, 2017.
Ohio Civil Rights Commission
30 E. Broad St., 5th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Click here for the Excellence in Teaching Diversity nomination form
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