MLK essay contest deadline is today; winners to be announced Jan. 20

The Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest closes today, Jan. 12, at 5 p.m. The contest, which is open to all faculty, staff and students, provides an opportunity for the entire university to reflect and engage in dialogue about the life, work and ideas that shaped King’s commitment to social justice in the United States and around the world.

Winning entries will be announced Jan. 20.

Grand prize winners (one faculty/staff, one undergraduate and one graduate/professional student) will each win a $300 cash prize and will have special seating and be recognized during the MLK Convocation with Michael Eric Dyson on Jan. 20 at 12:30 p.m. at the Amasa Stone Chapel. Three second place winners each will be awarded $100. Several honorable mention recipients will be announced during the convocation.

This year’s MLK Essay Contest is sponsored by the President’s Advisory Council on Minorities (PACM), the Kelvin Smith Library, Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity (OIDEO) and the Residence Life Office.

For more information about the submission or selection process, contact Obie Okuh, the MLK essay coordinator, at or visit the MLK essay website at