2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Reflection Contest
This year, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Reflection Competition seeks poetry, short stories, art, photography and video responses as well as essays. The contest is open to staff, students and faculty/administrators from Case Western Reserve University and Cuyahoga Community College.
First and second place winners for staff, students and faculty/administrators will be chosen from “written” and “non-written” expression categories. The awarding of honorable mentions will be at the discretion of the judges.
Winners will be invited to read from and discuss their work at the reception and celebration at Kelvin Smith Library Friday, Feb. 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. The reception and celebration are open to the community.
Winners will receive:
- First place: $300 and a copy of one of King’s books
- Second place: $50 gift certificate
The competition closes Feb. 1 at noon. Send submissions to MLK-Contest@case.edu.
For detailed guidelines about submissions for each category and prompts, visit chc.case.edu/mlk2017.
In addition, students, staff and faculty/administrators from both campuses are needed as volunteers to judge and set up displays and chairs for the reception.
Those interested in volunteering should email MLK-Contest@case.edu by Jan. 15.
Contact Lisa Nielson, Anisfield-Wolf SAGES Fellow, at email@example.com with questions.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Reflection Competition and celebration are sponsored by Cleveland Humanities Collaborative, Voices from the Village, Kelvin Smith Library, and the Office for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity, with support by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards and the 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.
- First place, written expression: Nailah Mathews, poetry, Case Western Reserve University
- Second place, written expression: Christopher Cannon, poetry, Cuyahoga Community College, East Campus
- Honorable mention, written expression: Fadi M. Assaf, poetry, Case Western Reserve University
- First place, non-written expression: Ishita Gupta, photography, Case Western Reserve University
- Honorable mention, non-written expression: Anmol Nigam, photography, Case Western Reserve University
Staff and Faculty Category:
- First place, non-written expression: Matthew Shiffler, photography, Case Western Reserve University
- Second place, written expression: Vincent Briley, essay, Cuyahoga Community College, Metropolitan Campus
- Honorable mentions, written expression: Ann Marie Stock-Ghazy, essay, Case Western Reserve University, and Keisha Davenport, essay, Cuyahoga Community College
- First place student prize: Mikel Jordan of Cuyahoga Community College
- Second place student prizes: Unnati Amin and Sierra J. Lipscomb, both of Case Western Reserve University
- First place staff prize: Liza Reed of Case Western Reserve University
- Honorable mention staff prize: Dorothy Oluonye of Case Western Reserve University
Based on the strength of their work, students Austin Stroud and Shadi Ahmadmehrabi were invited to read at the reception along with the winners.
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