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By The Staff

Change can be a good thing. And Wanda Washington is looking for a change.

Washington is the coordinator of Greater Campbellsville United, a local organization that seeks to promote equal opportunity, equity and positive relationships. GCU also focuses on racial, ethnic, socio-economic, religious, gender and political groups in the community and throughout the region.

Each year at this time, GCU and the News-Journal sponsor an essay contest in honor of the work of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The intent of the contest is to encourage literacy and writing skills in the youth of today as well as to honor King’s legacy.

This year, we’re asking you to ask yourself three questions: What is right with our world? What is wrong? And what can we do about it?

Put your thoughts down in writing and send them to us by Jan. 9 to be entered into the contest.

But in addition to the annual essay contest, Washington wants to get input for an event or activity that reflects the beliefs and values King displayed all those years ago. And winners of the contest will get to do just that.

There are three categories for entries: Children (ages 12 and younger), Teen (ages 13 to 18) and Adults.

The winner’s essay in each category will be published in the Monday, Jan. 19 issue of the News-Journal. Each winner will receive prizes from GCU and the News-Journal in addition to helping plan a special event.

Give it a shot. What have you got to lose?