Kentucky's MLK commission extends essays, artwork deadlines

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The deadline to submit essays and artwork for this year's Martin Luther King Jr. contests has been extended to Friday, Nov. 22.

The Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission, part of the Governor's Office of Minority Empowerment, is seeking nominations for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Citizenship Award, along with essays and artwork for the esteemed King Award.

Wednesday, Aug. 28, was the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march on Washington, D.C., where King delivered his famous "I have a dream" speech.

Building upon King's passion and leadership, the Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission offers students a chance to creatively express ways to work together to generate opportunities to better themselves and society as a whole with art and essay contests.

The theme for the contest essays and artwork is "Moving Opportunities to Rise: Building Bridges."

The art contest is open to kindergarten through high school senior students and the essay contest is open to fourth-grade through high school senior students.

Entries of essays or two-dimensional artwork should reflect Dr. King's legacy of "service to explore innovative approaches to rise and reach desired goals."

The citizenship award is given to an individual who embodies the spirit and energy of the late civil rights leader. The criteria for nominees include persons who have demonstrated leadership and achievement toward the principles of racial equality, interracial harmony, economic justice, participation in Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observances and dedication to King's dream.

Artwork and essays must be received by close of the business day on Nov. 22. The previous deadline was Friday, Nov. 8. The deadline for receipt of citizenship award nominations is Dec. 4.

Entries can be submitted to Wanda Washington at the Greater Campbellsville United office, located at the former Taylor County Public Library building.

Entries can also be mailed to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards, 700 Capitol Ave., Suite 138, Frankfort, KY 40601.

All winners will be recognized at the Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Celebration in Frankfort on Jan. 16.

For information and guidelines on all awards, visit www.ome.ky.gov.