ICRC launches second annual Art, Writing and Multimedia Contest to honor Dr. King

Indianapolis— Indiana Civil Rights Commission’s Executive Director Jamal L. Smith announced today the start of the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Writing and Multimedia Contest. The second 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 is to think about ways they can personally promote equality in their community, neighborhood or school. Or, in essence, think like Dr. King.”

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 22nd 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.

“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 Indiana Black Expo, Inc. and the Indianapolis Recorder. All entries must be received by January 8, 2013. For more information about the contest visit: www.in.gov/mlkihc/2352.htm

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.