Project On Racism Invites Students To Compete in Essay Contest

September 23, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. - One of the most important responsibilities of living in a democracy is voicing your ideas and listening to the ideas of others. Now, students across West Virginia have their opportunity to lend their voices in the 13th Annual Project on Racism Essay Contest, sponsored by the YWCA of Wheeling and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission.  

The theme for this year’s competition is “After suffering repeated physical and verbal attacks, Dr. King asked himself why he continued with the civil rights struggle. He later decided that the time is always right to do right.” Students are asked to compose an essay explaining what they think he may have meant by that statement.  

Any student in grades one through 12 attending public, private or home schools in West Virginia may enter. All essays must be handwritten, typed or computer generated in black ink on white paper, double spaced and only one page in length. Essays must not be any longer than 500 words and should not include photographs, images or illustrations. They also may not be sent in binders, portfolios or report covers and an official entry form must accompany the essay.  

All entries must be postmarked on or before November 1, 2005. Click here to download the official rules (Word File).  

For more information about the essay contest, please contact Diana Bell, MLK Essay Contest coordinator, YWCA of Wheeling, at (3040 232-0511, or email at

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