2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Creative Expression Contest


James Madison University Center for Multicultural Student Services presents:

2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Creative Expression Contest

With the hope of encouraging community involvement, education, and outreach, we are sponsoring this Creative Expression Contest for local youth. Entries may include an essay, artwork, and/or poetry in response to the theme and prompt for this year. If you have children or young family members who are interested and eligible, please encourage them to participate!

2018 MLK Celebration Theme:

Reclaiming His Dream: Kneeling for Justice, Rising for Peace

Creative Expression Prompt:

“How do you think Martin Luther King Jr. would respond to the racial protest that are happening today (black lives matter, kneeling during the national anthem, etc.)?”

Requirements for essay contest:

  *   Participants will be judged on organization, content, creativity and relevance to the theme/prompt.

  *   250 words (elementary school level)

  *   500 words (middle school level)

  *   800 words (high school level)

Requirements for artwork:

  *   No larger than 8 ½ by 11 inches

  *   Judged based on creativity and relevance to theme

General requirements:

  *   All entries must be the original work of the student

  *   Each entry must include the student’s name, school, grade, and their teacher’s name and telephone number on the back.

The winner will present their work during the MLK Formal Program on January 15th, 2018 at 7pm in Memorial Auditorium at JMU.

All essays/artwork must be received by 5pm on Friday, December 8th, 2017.

Please submit all entries by mail or email to:

Center for Multicultural Student Services-MLK Outreach Committee

James Madison University

170 Bluestone Drive MSC 3504,

Madison Union 207

Harrisonburg, VA 22807 or

Courtney Thompson at

For more information about the contest or submission please contact: Courtney Thompson at

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017

Last Updated: Monday, December 11, 2017

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