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8th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Sacramento Region Essay Contest

We are pleased to announce the question for the 8th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Sacramento Region Essay contest.  The essay contest was created to further engage our youth with Dr. King's legacy, his vision, and leadership that inspired a nation.

Essays will be judged on creativity, clarity, content, coherence and adherence to theme. Essays must be in your own words.  The winners will receive a prize and be recognized as part of the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration being held virtually in January 2021.

The essay contest is open to youth (Middle and High School students) who live in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado, and Sutter Counties.

The 2021 MLK Essay Contest Question

Congressman John Lewis was an African American politician and civil rights leader who fought to end legalized racial segregation in the United States. Like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lewis preached “get in good trouble, necessary trouble” with an emphasis on non-violence. Congressman Lewis encouraged peaceful protests to achieve goals such as guaranteeing the right to vote for all Americans.

Congressman Lewis encouraged others to stand up for justice. With COVID-19 Health guidelines in mind and in your own words, describe an injustice that you see in today’s society and what you can do to address the issue and advancement of John Lewis’ call to action.

Prizes will be awarded in the Middle School and High School Divisions.

1st Place - $250 | 2nd Place - $150 | 3rd Place - $100

Download the 2021 MLK Sacramento Region Essay Contest Flyer 

Contest Rules
• Winners will be chosen from middle and high school categories.
• The essay must consist of no more than 300 words.
• The essay contest is open to Middle and high school entries and must be submitted on 8½” x 11” white paper, double spaced and typed using a 12pt. font.
• Only one entry per student.
All entries must include student’s name, grade level, full school name, school district, home address and contact phone number on the essay paper.
• All judging is final and the winners will be notified prior to the January 25, 2020 annual dinner.
• Each winner and one guest will receive a ticket to attend the event.  Additional guests are welcome to attend by purchasing a ticket.

Submit essays by Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 5 pm - No Late Entries Will Be Accepted.

How To Submit Entry
Email (preferred method)
Send as an attachment in PDF (preferred) or Microsoft WORD format to:

US Mail
MLK Celebration Committee
885 University Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95825

Thank you to our essay contest sponsors



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