MLK Essay Contest winners to be revealed during Friday’s MLK Convocation

Winners of the 2012 MLK Essay Contest will be revealed and recognized at the annual MLK Convocation on Friday, Jan. 20, at 12:30 p.m. in Amasa Stone Chapel.

Excerpts from all winning essays and some selected entries will be exhibited at a reception in Adelbert Hall immediately following the MLK Convocation. Beginning next week, the exhibits will move to Kelvin Smith Library for further viewing.

A total of 56 essays were submitted by undergraduate students (43 percent), graduate/ professional students (41 percent) and faculty/staff members (16 members). A mix of eight faculty and staff judges—drawn from the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Law, School of Medicine, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Weatherhead School of Management, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, Educational Enhancement Services and Kelvin Smith Library—reviewed the essays.

Information about the participants is as follows:

Affiliations within CWRU

  1. School of Law – 18.5 percent
  2. School of Engineering – 16.7 percent
  3. School of Medicine, Cancer Center, Dental Medicine – 12.7 percent
  4. Biology/Biochemistry/Chemistry – 7.4 percent
  5. Psychology, Cognitive Science, Philosophy – 7.4 percent
  6. Mandel School – 5.6 percent
  7. Weatherhead School – 5.6 percent
  8. English department – 5.6 percent
  9. Other programs, including nutrition; nursing; history, religion and anthropology – 20.3 percent

Race/ Ethnicity

  1. White/Caucasian: 37.8 percent
  2. Asian/Asian-American: 24.1 percent
  3. Black/African-American: 18.52 percent
  4. Hispanic/Latino: 5.6 percent
  5. Native American: 3.7 percent
  6. Other/blank: 10.1 percent

For more information about winners, judges or the essays, contact Mayo Bulloch at