Project on Racism Essay Contest

September 22, 2006

Charleston, W.Va. – What are you doing for others? Do you volunteer at the local senior citizen center? Do you clean litter from the river bank? Do you help feed the needy? Organizers of the Project on Racism Essay Contest want to know how you contribute to your community.  

The Project on Racism Essay Contest is sponsored by the YWCA of Wheeling, the King Center and the West Virginia Martin Luther King Celebration Commission. Any student in grades one through 12 attending public, private or home schools in West Virginia is encouraged to participate in the essay contest.  

This year’s competition focuses on Martin Luther King’s question: “What are you doing for others?” Dr. King believed in a commitment to social change. How do you see yourself answering his call to civic responsibility?  

It is the hope of the King Center and the YWCA to further the teaching and lessons of Dr. King by providing a venue for West Virginia students to share their vision of Dr. King’s legacy.  

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, 2006. Click here to download the official rules (Word File). The application form is available here (Word File):  

For more information about the essay contest, please contact Diana Bell, MLK Essay Contest coordinator, YWCA of Wheeling, at (304) 232-0511, or email at

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