Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission Accepting Applications for Annual Essay Competition

September 20, 2007

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 Jr. Holiday 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 King’s dream for worldwide equality. The theme is Inheriting a world house: learning to live together peacefully, describe how Dr. King’s dream for equality around the world can become a reality.

It is the hope of the YWCA, the center and the commission to further the teachings 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 each essay.

All entries will be judged on originality, grammar, relevancy to the theme and effective expression. They must be postmarked on or before Nov. 1, 2007. Entries should be mailed to: Poject on Racism Essay Contest, YWCA of Wheeling, 1100 Chapline St., Wheeling, WV  26003.

Winners will receive savings bonds awards and first place winners will be given the opportunity to read their essay at the Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Luncheon in January 2008.

Click here to download the official rules and application form:

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


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