Indianapolis— Indiana Civil Rights Commission’s Executive Director Jamal L. Smith announced today the start of the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Writing and Multimedia Contest. The third annual contest asks Indiana high school students to use art, writing or multimedia to demonstrate what they can do to promote equality.
“Dr. King dreamed of living in a world more tolerant and inclusive than the one he lived in,” said Smith. “He strived daily to bring about change. What we are asking students to do is to think how they can creatively capture and remember the epic March on Washington on August 28, 1963.”
All Indiana high school students in grades 9-12 are eligible to submit an entry. One first place winner will be selected in each category, with an overall winner receiving a $500.00 college scholarship. In addition to the scholarship, the winning student will be asked to attend the 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Celebration at the Indiana Statehouse. At the program, the student will be honored with the Passing the Torch award from the Governor's office.
“It’s a very competitive contest,” added Smith. “We received hundreds of viable entries throughout the state last year. We are expecting many more this year.”
The contest is sponsored by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission, Indiana Black Expo, Inc., the Indianapolis Recorder and the Indiana Arts Commission. All entries must be received by January 8, 2014.
Click here to view the contest brochure.
The Indiana Civil Rights Commission enforces the Indiana civil rights laws and provides quality education and services to the public in an effort to ensure equal opportunity for all Hoosiers and visitors to the State of Indiana. For more information, contact Brad Meadows, ICRC Communications Manager, at (317) 501-4602.