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 29, 2024.

Submit your essay through this online form.


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The entry deadline was February 29, 2024.


1st Place: Malik Vance, Parke Heritage Middle School, Marshall
2nd Place: Aevri Pluim, Tri-West Middle School, Lizton
3rd Place: Noelle Leniski, Schmucker Middle School, Mishawaka


1st Place: Jessica Haro, Plymouth High School
2nd Place: Benjamin Spencer, Terre Haute South Vigo High School
3rd Place: Riahnna Smith, Evansville North High School

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