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2014 Contest Theme: "How will you assist your community or school in
overcoming a current concern or problem?"
Each year hundreds of students from every county in Ohio participate in the Ohio Civil
Rights Commission’s (OCRC) annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Writing and Multimedia
Contest. This year’s contest theme is “We Shall Overcome.” The year 2013 marked the
50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. The March on Washington for Jobs and
Freedom or "The Great March on Washington” was one of the largest political rallies for
human rights in the United States’ history and called for civil and economic rights for
African Americans. It took place in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, August 28, 1963.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, delivered his historic "I
Have a Dream" speech advocating that racial harmony should prevail upon the march.
Dr. King’s speech called for an end to racism in the United States and was delivered to
over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The speech
was a defining moment in the American Civil Rights Movement.
The purpose of this contest is to promote awareness of Dr. King’s life and work through
his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement and to provide students with a better
understanding of civil rights and diversity in their lives. Students are encouraged to
consider how they can fulfill Dr. King’s dream by serving as leaders in their own
communities to promote equality and cultural awareness in order to foster a more just
We congratulate every school and student who participated in this contest. We are
proud to present you with the creative and inspirational winning contest entries that
have been selected to represent this year’s class of honorees.
Questions? Please call us at 888-278-7101 or 614-644-6755