Saturday, December 29, 2012

MLK Essay Contest Announced

Martin Luther King, Jr.

*Girls in grades 6 - 12


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 in grades 6-12 throughout our region to speak up and let their voices be heard!

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.

Reflecting on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., this essay contest considers 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 can use their creative voices to raise awareness, encourage positivity, and ignite solutions.

Entering the contest is simple.  Here's how:
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 my community and beyond?"

Submit either a written essay (300 - 500 words) or video essay (2 - 3 min).  Please note: If you choose to submit a video essay, please contact us via the email address below and we will send you the video upload instructions.

All essays should include a title, first and last name, age, grade, and the name of your school, as well as contact information for a parent/teacher/or guardian that includes first and last name, phone number, and email (if applicable).

Deadline for submissions is Friday, January 4, 2013 at 5:00pm (late entries will not be considered)

Submit all entries to or by mail to:
Girls Coalition SWPA
c/o Union Project
801 N Negley Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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.

Posted on behalf of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates.  Joyce Kane is the owner of Cybertary Pittsburgh, a Virtual Administrative support company, providing virtual office support, personal and executive assistance, creative design services and light bookkeeping.  Cybertary works with businesses and busy individuals to help them work 'on' their business rather than 'in' their business.

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