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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art, Writing & Multimedia Contest

What are you doing or what will you do to communicate your dream(s) to your school/community and build a legacy that will influence and inspire others to take similar action?

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission is pleased to announce its annual statewide Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Writing & Multimedia Contest.  The purpose of this contest is to encourage students to reflect upon Dr. King’s life, philosophy and the impact of his work in the Civil Rights Movement and in present day America.  It will challenge students to think about how civil rights and diversity affects their lives and how they can continue the work of Dr. King by making a difference in their own communities.

 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 will not be considered without a completed entry form)

 Nearly 50 years after he was assassinated, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s teachings continue to resonate with diverse audiences across the globe. Most Americans over the age of five are familiar enough with the Civil Rights Movement leader’s most famous speech, I Have a Dream, that they can close their eyes and hear Dr. King’s voice echo in their imaginations. Many of us can recite some or all of the speech’s most empowering phrases. Most importantly, though, we remember how Dr. King’s message of hope and change transformed racial relations in the United States forever, and inspired all Americans.  What exactly was it about Dr. King that made his message so enduring?  Dr. King had an important, timely message that people were hungry for, and knew how to deliver it in a way that inspired people to take similar action. He was skillful at painting a picture in the mind’s eye of how things could be. His speeches activated the imagination, stirred the senses, and evoked deep emotions.

Contest Entries: Having once identified the issue of racial prejudice as a “communication problem”, Dr. King knew that clear, effective communication was a huge part of the solution.

“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr.

Think about one of your dreams. It may not be as big as Dr. King’s, but if it matters to you, it is important enough to make a difference in someone else’s life, too.

What are you doing or what will you do to communicate your dream(s) to your school/community and build a legacy that will influence and inspire others to take similar action?

Awards: Contest winners will be invited to a recognition ceremony where they will be presented with awards for their work.

Questions? Call us at 888-278-7101 or 614-644-6755  

All entries should be submitted no later than December 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM.  

 Click here for Entry Form and Official Rules