In honor of the birthday and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the MLK Celebration Committee organises an annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest.
2018 is the 5th annual MLK essay contest. Winning essays will be published on the MLK Committee website and the authors of the winning essays will receive cash prizes and be recognized at the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Dinner at Sacramento State University.
On January 27th 2018 The Winner was announced. She is Edo's own Miss AnnIe Amadasun.
We are very pleased to announce the winners of the 5th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest in conjunction with the MLK Celebration event. The essay contest was created to further engage our youth with Dr. King’s legacy, his vision, and leadership that inspired a nation. The 2018 MLK Essay Contest Theme: Fifty years ago, Dr. King delivered his famous “I Have A Dream Speech. In your own words, ” What would it take to make Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream a reality today?
The contest was open to all middle and high school students throughout Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado and Sutter Counties. Essays did not exceed 300 words and the submission deadline was January 18 at 5 p.m.
Annie's father Igbinosa Amadasun from Benin-city told Edo connect how proud he is of such a historic moment. He is so proud of his daughter who worked tirelessly for this," she deserves this". He is also happy his family are able to do Edo proud.
We are proud of you too Annie and will celebrate you with Edos Worldwide..
(Please see images of Annie with her Dad Igbinosa, Judge George Nicholson, Contestants and making her acceptance speech).
Congratulations to the 2018 MLK Essay Contest Winners.We are very pleased to announce the winners of the 5th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest in conjunction with the MLK Celebration event. The essay contest was created to further engage our youth with Dr. King’s legacy, his vision, and leadership that inspired a nation. The 2018 MLK Essay Contest Theme: Fifty years ago, Dr. King delivered his famous “I Have A Dream Speech. In your own words, ” What would it take to make Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream a reality today?High SchoolAnnie Amadasum, Consumenes Oak High School – 1st PlaceShreya Balaji, – Folsom High SchoolMai-Thanh Nguyen, Vista Del Lago High School – 3rd PlaceMiddle SchoolCharles Young, Harriet Eddy Middle School – 1st PlaceMai-Anh Nguyen, Winston Chruchill Middle School – 2nd PlaceYakari Jackson, Natomas Middle School – 3rd Place
See Annie Amadasun's Essay Below
High School Division
Annie Amadasum, 1st Place High School Division
Be the Change You Wish to See in the World
Martin Luther King Jr once envisioned a Dream. He dreamed of a nation that was bound together by social integrity and equality for all. But when I close my eyes and open, I am surrounded by social angst and a society filled with unreaped promises. I am surrounded by a nation, filled with people who claim that all men were created equal in the eyes of god. A nation that allows political figures to publicly express racial discrimination on a national scale. We have allowed prejudice to become our deadliest self inflicted weapon. In order for America to look more like the dream that Martin Luther King envisioned, we must understand that change begins as an internal effort. In order to see change we must be the change. We must become more open about discussing the painstaking reality of how slavery, segregation and oppressed discrimination have shaped our nation. We must revisit the pains of our past in order to heal the wounds of our present, and promote a healthier future.
Revisiting our nation’s past is a critical part of changing our nation. This means that we need to be open about breaking down the social barriers that limit us from talking about racial injustice. Implementing racial conflict prevention programs in our local school districts would be a great start. By having open discussions about racial inequality in a safe environment, students would not only be able to provide a clear viewpoint of their stances on social/ political issues, they would also be able understand other people’s perspectives. Creating a judgment free zone also enables students to form closer connections with their diverse student body.
Martin Luther King Jr once had a dream. Let’s stop dreaming. Let’s Start living. Be the change.