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Each year, CWRU honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with weeklong celebrations that include films, symposia, lectures, & this campus wide essay contest. Deadline Extended to Monday 01/20/2014


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The essay contest, which runs through Monday January 20, 2014, invites all students, faculty and staff members to reflect on the application of Dr. King’s values and vision to contemporary social, political and economic issues. Participants may extend, interpret, disambiguate, distinguish, or reject King’s philosophy in their discussion. This project highlights the diversity of thought, perspectives and approaches at CWRU with a special focus on moral, political, and social philosophy.

The MLK Essay Contest Steering Committee has approved six excerpts from Dr. King’s writing and speeches that will serve as prompts for the entrants’ reflections. These prompts reflect Dr. King’s writings/ speeches on the following themes: healthcare (birth control), religious tolerance, economic and social inequality, non-violent civil disobedience, war and pacifism, and globalization. Participants should choose any one of the six excerpted works by King, reflect on that excerpt, and write an essay about the relevance of the values articulated in that piece to the national or global discourse.

The prizes for this year are set as follows: four first prizes of $1,000 will be awarded to one faculty, one staff, one graduate/ professional, and one undergraduate student. Additional four runners-up in the categories above listed will receive $500 prizes. Winners will be announced and recognized during the MLK Convocation on Friday, January 24, 2014 at the Amasa Stone Chapel located on the corner of Euclid and Adelbert Road.

The Essay Contest is open to all current full time, part time, adjunct and retired faculty and staff as well as current graduate/ professional and undergraduate students. All submissions must be received by 2:00 PM on Monday, January 20, 2014. Consult the navigation bar to the left for information about prizes, prompts, submitting essays, FAQs including contest rules and copyright, and details about essay contest sponsors.