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2016 MLK Contest - "Beloved Community"

The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and ‘60s was a struggle to achieve legal equality for African-Americans. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. thought that equality and freedom for all people would come from the power of words and nonviolent resistance. He believed that through peaceful acts of resolving differences, we could create a “beloved community” in which all men and women are part of a single human family working together to help one another. He led Civil Rights activists in peaceful protests, grassroots coalitions, and civil disobedience. Through these techniques he was able to show the suffering of African-Americans in the United States and change the hearts and minds of the country’s leaders.

Dr. King believed that the ultimate goal of the nonviolent protests of the Civil Rights Movement was to create a “beloved community” of people who would attempt to understand the suffering of their community members and — with a spirit of love and kindness — work to resolve differences and find peace for everyone. He said,

“[T]he end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opposers into friends. It is this type of understanding goodwill that will transform the deep gloom of the old age into the exuberant gladness of the new age. It is this love which will bring about miracles in the hearts of men.”

Thanks to everyone for your participation in the 2016 MLK Art, Writing, and Multimedia Contest, sponsored by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, PNC, Honda of America, and Wright State University. While we could only choose a few winners, congratulations are due to all who participated. We received approximately 500 remarkable entries from students attending schools throughout the state! It was very difficult to narrow down the excellent entries, but 17 winners were chosen.

The 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art, Writing, and Multimedia Contest Winners are as follows:

Multimedia Winner
12th Grade: Nicholas Finley - Port Clinton High School, Port Clinton

Winners were recognized by the Commission at an award ceremony in Columbus on February 11, 2016. Thank you again for taking the time to participate in this year’s contest and for your dedication to the teachings of Dr. King! We hope that eligible students will participate again in next year’s contest!

2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Ceremony Photo Gallery