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.
- Submit your essay to MLKing2016@case.edu by January 4, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
- Essays should be three (3) to five (5) pages in length, using 1-inch margins, double-spaced and 12pt font.
- Please use either Word (.doc or .docx) or .pdf format.
- With your submission, please indicate your institution (CWRU or TriC+campus) and whether you are a student, faculty/administrator, or staff.
- Prizes will be given in each category – students, staff, and faculty/administrators. Winners will be recognized at the MLK Convocation at CWRU Friday, January 22, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.
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.
Essay Prompts - Please click here for additional essay details and writing prompts.
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:
- First Prize
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
- Second Prize
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:
- First Place: Eric Hammond
- Second Place: Joung Hyun Park
- Third Place: Alex van Voorhees
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:
- First Place: Aqueelah Jordan
- Second Place: Jessica Stork
- Third Place: Eric (Ruo-Yang) Xu