In honor of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., the African American Museum in Philadelphia is partnering with Citizens Bank Foundation to invite local high school students to participate in the 2014 Sharing the Heritage Writing Contest. You could win some great prizes (see below), and in past years winners have even gotten to meet the Mayor!
Here’s this year’s writing prompt:
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is perhaps most famous for his 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech, where he voiced the hope that his “four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” But King was not solely concerned about racial equality. In his 1964 Nobel Prize Lecture, he identified three problems that urgently needed to be addressed. “Each of these problems,” he wrote, “while appearing to be separate and isolated, is inextricably bound to the other. I refer to racial injustice, poverty, and war.”
How might the United States and the World be different today, 45 years after his death, if more Americans were more familiar with Dr. King’s messages on poverty and war? Why?
Entries must be emailed* to firstname.lastname@example.org and received no later than 5pm on Monday, January 6, 2014. Please put the words “Sharing the Heritage Writing Contest” in the subject line.
- Entrants must be currently enrolled high school students, Grades 9-12.
- Entry must be typed, double spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins.
- Essay should be 1-2 pages in length (400 – 500 words).
- Each entry must include the student’s a) full name, b) grade c) school name, d) home address and e) telephone number(s), and f) teacher’s name in the header.
1st Prize: $200 Cash Value Gift Card
2nd Prize: $150 Cash Value Gift Card
3rd Prize: $100 Cash Value Gift Card
Honorable Mention: $50 Cash Value Gift Card
All winners will receive a 1-year Family Membership to the museum.
Awards will be given at the 2014 Sharing the Heritage Program at the African American Museum in Philadelphia on Monday, January 20, 2014. Part of the 1st Prize essay will be read at this program and may be reproduced electronically or in print in AAMP materials. Sections of 2nd and 3rd Prize entries may also be reproduced by AAMP electronically or in print.
*Entries can also be mailed to:
THE AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM IN PHILADELPHIA
c/o ADRIENNE WHALEY
701 ARCH STREET
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106
*The African American Museum in Philadelphia takes no responsibility for entries lost in the mail and will not return entries once received.