Human Rights Commission Announces Second Annual Martin Luther King Literary Contest

The Golden Valley Human Rights Commission (HRC) is honoring the birthday and legacy of Martin Luther King with the second annual Dr Martin Luther King Jr Literary Contest.

Dr. King

This year’s theme is “Taking A Stand,” and students are asked to build on Dr King’s passion and leadership and answer one of the following questions:

  1. How does taking a stand at times of challenge and controversy serve the broader community?
  2. Would you participate in a march, sit-in, or another form of political protest? Why or why not?


Students may enter essays, songs, or poetry of 900 words or less on 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper, double spaced. Entries can also be in audio or video form, 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

The contest is open to students who live in Golden Valley, attend a school in Golden Valley, or attend a Robbinsdale Area District or Hopkins District school.

Submissions are due by Dec 21, 4 pm and 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

Winners will be announced Jan 11, 2019 and will receive a $50 cash prize. Winners will also be asked to present their piece at the Martin Luther King Jr Day Celebration Jan 20th, 2019, at Brookview Golden Valley (316 Brookview Pkwy) and will receive tickets to the General Mills/Minneapolis MLK breakfast Jan 21, 2019.

For more information, visit the Literary Contest page on the City website or contact HRC Staff Liaison Kirsten Santelices at 763-593-3989.

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