2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Essay Contest
The Martin Luther King, Jr. essay contest invites all current Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) students, faculty and staff members to reflect on the application of King’s values and vision to contemporary social, political and economic issues.
This year’s essay contest is supported by Cleveland Humanities Collaborative and Voices from the Village; Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities; The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards; Kelvin Smith Library; Office for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity; and Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Each year, the Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest invites participants to reflect on the application of King’s values and vision in response to an annual theme. Essay contest winners from previous years are listed below.
Winners for the 2015 contest:
Faculty - Dr. Susan Klein
Staff - Lisa Board-McShepard
Graduate/Professional Student - Jonathan Kinser
Undergraduate Student - Candice McCloud
Winners for the 2014 contest:
Faculty - Sarah Gridley, Assistant Professor of English
Staff - Venota Pride, Human Resources
Graduate/Professional Student - Abby Omojola, School of Law
Undergraduate Student - Justine Ly, Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism
Faculty - Wells Addington, lecturer Department of English
Staff - Melissa Persensky, Enrollment Management
Graduate/Professional Student - Sam Duncan, Department of History
Undergraduate Student - Elizabeth Huddleston, Theater and Psychology
Winners for the 2010 contest:
Winners for the 2009 contest:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Share a personal story that illustrates your refusal to remain silent and willingness to make a personal sacrifice in order to advocate for justice.
Winners for the 2008 contest:
Before he died, Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "I want you to say on that day, that I did try in my life... to live and serve humanity." Write about how you see his commitment to humanity carried out in our current society.
Winners for the 2005 contest:
Each year we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. How does his life, purpose and dream affect your life? What does it mean to you?
Winners for the 2003 contest: