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December 13, 2012
Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest: Call for Submissions
Southwestern PA girls in grades 6-12
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 1/10/13 and Gift Cards and Bags for the Finalists and Winners!!
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” It is because of the passion, struggle, and sacrifice of this great man and countless others who refused to be silenced, that our nation was able to move towards equality, freedom, and fairness for all people. And yet, inequalities still exist and passionate work still needs to be done.
Inspired by the great legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Girls Coalition of Southwestern PA is excited to announce a new essay contest to help inspire and empower girls throughout our region to speak up and let their voices be heard! Inspired by the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., this essay contest will consider the importance of standing up for equality and justice, and looking for both large and small ways to improve our local and global communities.
Girls in grades 6-12 are encouraged to submit entries and use their creative voices to raise awareness, encourage positivity, and ignite solutions to some of our communities most pressing needs.
Entering the contest is simple:
- Use the words, legacy, and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. to inspire you to answer the question, “How can I change the world?” and/or “What does it mean to be part of the ‘Beloved Community?’” and/or “How am I a leader for justice, equality, and fairness for ALL people in Pittsburgh and beyond?”
- Submit either a written essay (300 – 500 words) or video essay (2 – 3 min)
- Title the essay and include first and last name, age, grade, and name of school; each entry must include parent/teacher/guardian contact information, first and last name, phone number, and email (if applicable)
- Deadline for submission is Friday, January 10, 2013 at 5pm. Late submissions will not be considered for the contest.
- Submit all entries to email@example.com or by mail to:
Girls Coalition SWPA
c/o Union Project
801 N Negley Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
If you choose to submit a video essay, please contact us via the email address above and we will send you the video upload instructions.
Finalists and winners will be announced on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, and selected entries will be invited to present at the Union Project’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on the evening of Monday, January 21st. Winners will be announced in three categories: grades 6-8, grades 9 and 10, and grades 11 and 12. Finalists and winners in each age group will receive a gift basket and gift card!