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2017 MLK, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Essay & Application Deadline

April 22, 2017

Important changes and updates regarding the competition:

 Application: MLK Competition_2017_Student_Handbook

The Region X 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition is open to high school juniors and seniors and includes both an essay and oral advocacy component.  The competition encourages students to express their views on a pre-selected topic and focuses on the ability of the students to communicate orally and in writing.  The first round of the competition requires the student to write an essay (no longer than 1000 words) that answers what Martin Luther King, Jr. would think about a current event.

Please note the updated competition question for 2017 below:

On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump won the 2017 Presidential election.  In the days after the election, several media outlets, including The Los Angeles Times, Fox News, The Washington Post, and the Christian Science Monitor reported that a number of high school students across the country protested the election by walking out of their classes stating that they want their voices heard and they want to show they are united. Explaining why she was involved in the protests, Suzanne Rueda, a high school sophomore told the LA Times. "We can't vote. This is all we can do."

What would Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. say about the students’ response to the election

The second round of the competition requires the student to present his/her answer to this question in an oral presentation.  The presentation must incorporate the topic and/or answer to the essay question but should not be a verbatim recital of the essay.

The first place winner at the regional level will receive a scholarship in the amount of $500.  The 1st place winner will represent the region at the National competition held in Toronto, Canada July 29-August 4.  The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of the National competition will receive the following college scholarships: 1st ($2500), 2nd ($2,000), and 3rd ($1,500).  Winning one of the top three scholarships will replace the automatic $500 scholarship. All interested high school juniors and seniors should send their essay and completed application packet (MLK_Competition_2017_Student_Handbook ) to regionxnba@gmail.com by April 22, 2017.


April 22, 2017
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