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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Writing Contest

SCBA Diversity & Inclusion Committee Essay Writing Contest


Every year, the SCBA Diversity & Inclusion Committee sponsors an essay writing contest for high school students to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In anticipation of the special school performances of “Letters from Anne and Martin” to be presented in February 2019 by the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, the Committee closely examined the lives of Dr. King and Anne Frank.  Though Dr. King fought Jim Crow laws in the South, and Anne Frank faced brutality in Holland, both individuals shared similar experiences. The shocking similarities in the lives, writings, and beliefs of both icons is the focus of this year’s essay topic. Participating students will be required to write a 500 word essay on the following topic:


Discrimination, racism, and persecution played a significant role in the lives and ultimately deaths of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Anne Frank. Explain how their lives, writings, and deaths impacted you. What lessons can our country learn from the sacrifices Dr. King and Anne Frank made for their beliefs?

All Sarasota public high school students are eligible to win and are encouraged to enter the contest. The Committee will select 3 winning essays. First place will receive $500.00, second place will receive $250.00, and third place will receive $100.00.

Winners will be recognized at the Dr. King celebration that will take place on January 21, 2019, 7PM at Booker High School. Special performance from the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. The first-place winner will read his/her essay at the celebration. 



Send to: hlipps@jud12.flcourts.org 


 For more information about the essay contest, please contact Holly Lipps at hlipps@jud12.flcourts.org.  

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