MLK Jr. Essay Contest

Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest

Each year on the third Monday of January, we celebrate the life and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is a time for our nation to remember the injustices that Dr. King fought. He fought for the freedom, dignity, and equality of all races and people.



Students in Middle School and High School are asked to write an essay based on a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Up to 5 essays may be submitted by a single school.

This contest is free for Department of Student Programs member schools.

Non-member schools will be charged $10 per essay that is submitted.


The entry deadline was February 28, 2020.


Contest Flyer
The entry deadline was February 28, 2020.

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1st Place: Gracie Owens, Scottsburg MS
2nd Place: Ralph Mitchell, Western MS
3rd Place: Toriana Garmon, Tri-Central Mid/Sr HS

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1st Place: Celeste Jones, Lebanon HS
2nd Place: Marissa Meador, Mooresville HS
3rd Place: Emily Meinzen, Snider HS

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