Deadline Approaching For 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.

This year’s theme is “Taking A Stand,” and students, grades 7-12, 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?

Entries may be submitted as 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 also 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 by Dec 21 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.

For more information and to read full contest rules, visit the Dr Martin Luther King Jr remembrance page on the City website.

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