Who is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? Writing Contest

 

MCC asks "Who is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr?" during this community wide writing contest in celebration of the upcoming Martin Luther King Day 2021. Montcalm Community College faculty and staff will review and judge the entries. Winners will be announced on Jan. 25, 2021 and first place winning essays will be read aloud during an MCC virtual event. There will be a first, second and third placement in each category. Winners will be contacted by email and prizes will be mailed to the address provided. 

 

Eligibility

 

The contest is open to all K-12 students and current MCC students and there are specific writing topics by each of the following grade levels:

 

  • Kindergarten through Grade 4 current students in the Montcalm Community College service area.
  • Grades 5 - 8 current students in the Montcalm Community College service area.
  • Grades 9 - 12 current students in the Montcalm Community College service area. Please note high school students that are dual enrolled at MCC are eligible to compete at the high school level, but may opt to compete at the college level. However, students must select one category to enter.
  • Current MCC students, including Early College students (Must be enrolled in MCC's fall 2020 or spring 2021 classes.)

 

 

Submit Your entry hereSubmissions can be made through the link above, or email content to MLKEssay@montcalm.edu.

Please submit a cover page with your essay.

Cover page: should include mailing address, school name, grade, total word count, email address, full first name and last name.

File formats: .doc, .docx, or .pdf 

Deadlines

  • K-12 students: 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020 
  • MCC students: 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18, 2020

Rules

  • One submission entry per student.
  • All essays must be submitted electronically through the online link. No hard copy submissions will be accepted.
  • Include a cover page with mailing address, school name, grade, total word count, email address, full first name and last name.
  • MCC students must include student number.
  • Plagiarism is not allowed. Work must be original. Any borrowed ideas or language must be appropriately acknowledged.
  • Essays submitted after deadline will not be accepted.

General Evaluation CriteriaEach submission is read by at least two reviewers and evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Addresses Prompt: The essay effectively considers the entirety of the prompt.
  • Focus: The thesis/main message is clear and supported throughout. The essay does not stray from the main message.
  • Organization & Structure: The essay is organized and well-structured. Student demonstrates command of grammar, spelling, and mechanics.
  • Voice/Originality: The student finds fresh or interesting ways to convey ideas. The student approaches the topic from a unique perspective.

 

Kindergarten through Grade 4

 

LengthResponses to the prompt should be clearly and powerfully communicated in a maximum of 250 words.

Question/Essay Prompt:

  • Who is Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK)?
  • Research MLK’s life story using credible sources and provide a brief biography about him.

Prizes:

  • 1st place - $125
  • 2nd place - $110
  • 3rd place - $100

 

Grades 5 - 8

 

LengthResponses to the prompt should be clearly and powerfully communicated in a maximum of 500 words.

Questions/Essay Prompt

  • Who is Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK)?
  • Why do we celebrate him?
  • Research MLK’s life story using credible sources and provide a detailed biography about him and his legacy.

Prizes

  • 1st place - $150
  • 2nd place - $125
  • 3rd place - $115

 

Grades 9 - 12

 

LengthResponses to the prompt should be clearly and powerfully communicated in a maximum of 1,000 words.

Questions/Essay Prompt

  • Who is Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK)?
  • Why do we celebrate him?
  • What significant contributions has he made in our society?
  • Why is his message/philosophy still relevant? Research MLK’s life story using credible sources and provide a detailed biography about him and his legacy. Be sure to connect the relevancy of his historic accomplishments to modern day.

Prizes

  • 1st place - $225
  • 2nd place - $200
  • 3rd place - $175

 

Current MCC Students

 

LengthResponses to the prompt should be clearly and powerfully communicated in a maximum of 1,500 words.

Questions/Essay Prompt

  • Who is Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK)?
  • Why do we celebrate him?
  • What significant contributions has he made in our society?
  • Why is his message/philosophy still relevant?
  • Identify a quote from MLK. Provide an explanation of why it resonates with you and how it remains relevant today.

Prizes

  • 1st place - $250
  • 2nd - $225
  • 3rd - $200

 

Resources

 

These resources are available through the MCC Library. At this time the MCC Library has moved its services online for the remainder of fall semester. Students may reach the library via LiveChat or email librarystaff@montcalm.edu. You may also contact your local community library to pick up one of these resources.

 

Documentaries/Films/Videos

  • King in the Wilderness
  • King: A filmed Record-From Montgomery to Memphis
  • Dr. Martin Luther King: A Historical Perspective
  • King: Man of Peace in a Time of War
  • “I have a Dream” Martin Luther King Jr. Full Speech

Fiction Reading List

  • Dear Justyce by Nic Stone, FICTION STONE [AMER]
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone, FICTION STONE [AMER]

Non-Fiction Reading list

  • The Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., edited by Noah Berlatsky, 973.923/51 ASS
  • At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years 1965-68 by Taylor Branch, 973.923/51 BRA
  • Civil Rights in the United States, edited by Waldo Martin and Patricia Sullivan, 326.983 CIV
  • The Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Speech That Inspired a Nation by Drew D. Hansen, 973.923/51 HAN
  • I Have a Dream: the Story of Martin Luther King in Text and Pictures, Time-Life Books, 973.923/51 TIM
  • I May Not Get There with You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr. by Michael Eric Dyson, 973.923/51 DYS
  • Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Laws That Changed America by Nick Kotz, 973. 923/508509 KOT
  • Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008 by Henry Louis Gates, 305.822 GAT
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., by Marshall Frady 973.923/51 FRA
  • My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr., by Coretta Scott King 973.923/51 KIN
  • My Life, My Love, and My Legacy by Coretta Scott King, BIO 921 KIN
  • Selma, 1965 by Charles Fager, 973.923/5 FAG
  • Strength to Love by Martin Luther King, Jr., 973.923/51 KIN
  • Stride Toward Freedom by Martin Luther King, Jr., 973.923/51 KIN
  • Voices in Our Blood: America’s Best on the Civil Rights Movement, 973.923/5 VOI
  • Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? by Martin Luther King, Jr., 973.923/51 KIN
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