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In addition to providing the individuals and organizations who serve, support, or advocate for girls with high quality opportunities for networking, discussion, and professional development, since 2011 the Girls Coalition also has focused on elevating girls’ voices, and acknowledging how girls are changing the world in incredible, creative ways.
We are proud to again offer an opportunity for regional youth to thoughtfully consider Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, his mission, and his challenge to, “develop a kind of dangerous unselfishness.” The Second Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest, presented by UPMC, will challenge young people to highlight a female activist, either past or present, who shares and lives out MLK’s vision. By using Dr. King’s birthday to highlight female activists who are changing the world, we will raise awareness around gender equality, and promote the incredible ways that women are working towards justice for all.
Students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to submit entries and use their creative voices to raise awareness, encourage positivity, and acknowledge girls and women who have made a lasting impact, or are changing the world today. Students can submit a written essay (1000 word maximum) or create a photo essay (minimum of 10 photographs, 30 PPT slide maximum) using the following quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s April 1968 “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” for inspiration:
“Something is happening in our world. The masses of people are rising up. And wherever they are assembled today…the cry is always the same: ‘We want to be free.’ Be concerned about your brother [and sister]… either we go up together, or we go down together. Let us develop a kind of dangerous unselfishness.”
Using the legacy of MLK and quote above as a starting point, select a girl or woman who has lived out Dr. King’s teachings. Use the questions below for guidance:
- How has she lived out Dr. King’s legacy? How has she worked for justice and equality for all?
- What qualities do she and Dr. King share? Why are these qualities important in a leader?
- How has she demonstrated a “kind of dangerous unselfishness” in her life and work?
- What have you learned from MLK and your chosen activist? How will you work towards equality and justice for all people?
Submission deadline is 5pm on Monday, January 6, 2014.
Essays should include a first and last name, school, age and grade, parent or guardian's name, and contact information (email and phone). They can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate "MLK Essay Submission" in the subject line of your email.
PRIZES AND RECOGNITION:
Finalists and winners will be announced on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, and selected entries will be invited to be part of local Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations and also will be featured on the Girls Coalition website, social networking sites, monthly newsletters and emails to the wider Girls Coalition network and membership, and in local news outlets.
Winners will be announced in three age categories:
- 6th – 8th grade
- 9th – 10th grade
- 11th - 12th grade
Prizes will be awarded as follows:
- First place $100
- Second place $50
- Third place $25.
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.