Each year a topic concerning human rights is chosen with grade-specific contest parameters. The information below is provided for the 2018 contest.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. ART AND ESSAY CONTEST: 2017-18
Sponsored by the Latah County Human Rights Task Force
This year we are focusing on refugees. Refugees are people who are forced to flee their country because of persecution, war, or violence. There are more than 65 million refugees in the world today. Martin Luther King, Jr. urged us to care for such people, since “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” (Letter from a Birmingham Jail, 1963).
Contest entries may be for a class assignment or may be submitted individually by students.
Entries are due by 4 p.m Tuesday, Jan. 16, but may be submitted any time previous to that.
Contest winners will be honored at the annual Moscow community Martin Luther King/Human Rights Breakfast, Saturday, Jan. 20 at 9am, and will receive a $25 gift certificate for Bookpeople.
For more information and to have essays picked up, contact Walter Hesford (208)-882-4599; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Joann Muneta, (208) 882-3648; email@example.com. Entries may be mailed to LCHRTF, Box 8613, Moscow, ID 83843. (please mail by Jan. 14 so they are received on time.)
Elementary School Lower 1st-3rd) Essay: Write a page explaining what you and others can do to make new students feel welcome in your school and community.
Art: Create a poster welcoming new students to your school and community.
Elementary School Upper (4th-5th):
Essay: Write two short letters. In the first, welcome a refugee or immigrant to your school and offer advice on how to become part of your school community; in the second letter, advise your classmates on how to make a refugee or immigrant feel welcome.
Art/Poem/Video performance: Draw a picture or make a collage illustrating the life of a refuge or immigrant; or write a poem or song in the voice or a recent refugee or immigrant; or create a performance that dramatizes an event in the life of a refugee or immigrant—make a video of your performance so that it can be shown to others.
Middle School and 6th grade Essay: Refugees and those who help refugees have been inspired by the words of Martin Luther King, Jr , including the following: “I still have a dream.” from the “I Have a Dream” Speech (1963) “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” from Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963) “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can drive out darkness. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can drive out hate.” from Strength to Love (1963) “People fail to get along because they fear each other. They fear each other because they don’t know each other. They don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” From “Advice for Living” (1958) After doing some research into the current lives of refugees, explain In a 300 word essay how one of these quotations might apply to the situation of refugees.
Art /Poem/ Video performance: Create a work of art illustrating the life of a refuge; or write a poem or song in the voice or a recent refugee; or create a performance that dramatizes an event in the life of a refugee—make a video of your performance so that it can be shown to others.
High School Essay: According to Article 14.1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (which the U.S. signed), “Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.” Write a 500-600 word essay on the following questions: What problems do refugees seeking asylum face? What are some solutions to these problems that can be developed by the refugees and the countries in which they are given asylum?
Art/Poem/Video Performance Create a work of art illustrating the life of a refugee; or write a poem or song in the voice or a recent refugee; or create a performance that dramatizes an event in the life of a refugee—make a video of your performance so that it can be shown to others.