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2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Contest

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission is excited to announce winners of our 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Writing, and Multimedia Contest! This year's theme is "Driving out Hate." 

One of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s basic beliefs was that love should be at the center of all of his work as a community leader. The nonviolent protests he led during the Civil Rights Movement came from the idea that violence and destruction would not change the hearts and minds of others. Still, Dr. King knew that it is challenging to show love and kindness to people who only show you anger and hatred. He believed that a person must look beyond the bad things they see in their enemies and try to find common ground and shared interest to heal wounds and create a community and country that treat all people equally.

Contest Entries:

In his book, Strength to Love, Dr. King discusses the challenges and importance of loving your enemy, even when they do not love you back. He said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love

Think about times in your life when you have witnessed hatred and intolerance. What things have you done to drive out hate?

The 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Writing and Multimedia Contest winners are as follows:

Art Winners:

6th Grade Art: Ramona Loy Whiteker - Dominion Middle School, Columbus
7th Grade Art: Brayden Courtney - Arlington Local School, Arlington
8th Grade Art: Gabriella Kellogg - Highland Middle School, Marengo
9th Grade Art: Megan Fultz - Jackson Milton High School, North Jackson
10th Grade Art: Madisen Kleinmann - Lakota East High School, Liberty Township
11th Grade Art: Megan Cercone - Dover High School, Dover
12th Grade Art: Kierra Davis - Lakota East High School, Liberty Township 


Writing Winners:

6th Grade Writing: Anna Tedford - Harmon Middle School, Pickerington
7th Grade Writing: Michael Watters - St. Michael School, Canton
8th Grade Writing: Owen Conway - North Olmsted Middle School, North Olmsted
9th Grade Writing: Kalila Wilson - Washington High School, Washington Court House
10th Grade Writing: Mira DeAnthony - Mt. Nortre Dame High School, Cincinnati
11th Grade Writing: Cloey Spry - Van Wert High School, Van Wert
12th Grade Writing (tie): Isabel Wang - Shaker Heights High School, Shaker Heights

12th Grade Writing (tie): Martha Reifenberg - Ursuline Academy, Blue Ash


Multimedia Winners:

Multimedia (tie): Carson Barry - Waggoner Road Junior High School, Reynoldsburg
Multimedia (tie): Sophia Marcum - Springfield High School, Akron
                             Marissa Fuller - Springfield High School, Akron

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Photos from 2017 MLK Ceremony