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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Writing Contest



2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest


Sarasota County high school students are invited to write an original essay on the following question:

As we celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the 19th Amendment, history has shown that the movement for women's suffrage was often at odds with the movement for the rights of African-Americans during the same period. What do you think was the cause of the conflict and what lessons can be learned from it?



  • Essays should be 500 words or less and composed in MLA format. 
  • All entries must include the student's name, grade, teacher's name and school. 
  • Deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. on November 22, 2019.
  • Entries should be submitted electronically to stefani@rosenberglawpa.com  

Winners will be recognized and awarded at the Annual Dr. King Celebration to be held on January 19, 2020 at Booker High School. The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will perform and showtime is at 7:00 p.m. The first-place winner will read his/her essay at the celebration.



First Place: $500

Second Place: $250

Third Place: $100



October 1: Contest Opens

November 22: Essay submissions due by 5PM

December 9: Winners are notified

January 19: 1st place winner to read essay at Annual Dr. Luther King Celebration at Booker High school


For more information, call the SCBA office at 941-861-8180



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