Dr Martin Luther King Jr Remembrance

To honor Dr King, and his legacy, the Golden Valley Human Rights Commission (HRC) hosts an annual MLK Day Literary Contest and sponsors a table at the annual General Mills MLK Holiday Breakfast.

Dr Martin Luther King Jr Literary Contest

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere . . . Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." - Dr Martin Luther King Jr

The Dr Martin Luther King Jr Literary Contest is open students in grades 7-12 who live in Golden Valley, attend a school in Golden Valley, or attend a Robbinsdale Area District or Hopkins District school.

Winners will receive a $50 cash prize and will also be asked to present their piece at the Martin Luther King Jr Day celebration Sun, Jan 19, 2020, at Brookview Golden Valley (316 Brookview Pkwy). Winners will also receive tickets to the General Mills/Minneapolis MLK breakfast Mon, Jan 20, 2020.

2020 Theme

Building on Dr King's passion and leadership, students are asked to creatively respond to on the following questions:

  1. How does our country’s treatment of refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers impact our various communities?
  2. How does the denial of voting rights or voter suppression efforts impact our various communities?


Students may enter essays, songs, or poetry of 900 words or less on 8-1/2" x 11" paper, double spaced. Audio or video entries can be submitted through YouTube or other multi-media platforms accompanied by a transcribed version. Submissions will be judged on inspiration, clarity, creativity, and content applicable to the theme. Entries must include:

  • students name, address, phone/email, and grade level
  • parent name, phone/email
  • school name and teacher contact information

Submissions can be mailed or dropped off to HRC Staff Liaison Kirsten Santelices at 7800 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley, MN 55427 or via email at ksantelices@goldenvalleymn.gov.

Deadline: Fri, Jan 3, 2020, 4 pm

Winners Announced: Fri, Jan 10, 2020

Past Winners

Annual Martin Luther King Jr Holiday Breakfast

The Golden Valley HRC sponsors one table at the MLK Holiday Breakfast each January. Complimentary tickets are available on a first come, first served basis to Golden Valley residents and students who attend school within Golden Valley. Proof of residency or student identification required. Limit one ticket per person. Students are encouraged to attend.

2020 MLK Holiday Breakfast

  • Mon, Jan 20
  • Time and location TBD
  • For updates, visit www.mlkbreakfast.com.
  • Tickets may be picked up at Golden Valley City Hall beginning TBD, 2019. To check availability, call 763-593-8006.