MLK Essay Contest

Each year in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Carlisle MLK Commemoration Event Committee sponsors an essay contest for students in grades 1-12 from Carlisle Area School District, St. Patrick School, Carlisle Christian Academy, and The Christian School of Grace Baptist Church. Each winner receives an award certificate and a monetary award and is recognized at the Carlisle MLK Commemoration Event.

The prompts for 2017 are printed below, and the winning essays can be viewed by clicking on each link at the bottom of this page.

 

Prompt for Grades 1-5

On March 22, 1964, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a speech in St. Louis, Missouri in which he remarked, “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Write an essay in which you interpret the quotation above in your own words. Then, explain how you yourself could bring people together in your school or local community. You may also write about someone you know who has taken a step to bring people together in your school or local community.

 

Prompt for Grades 6-8

On March 22, 1964, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a speech in St. Louis, Missouri in which he remarked, “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Write an essay in which you interpret the quotation above in your own words. Then, discuss an issue that you think requires people to “take a stand” in order to build unity in your school or local community.

 

Prompt for Grades 9-12

On March 22, 1964, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a speech in St. Louis, Missouri in which he remarked, “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Craft an essay in which you interpret the quotation above in your own words. Then, discuss at least one issue that currently divides our “community.” (You may define community as you see fit.) Finally, propose how you think we need to handle this issue so that we can create unity in our community and “learn to live together as brothers” and not “perish together as fools.”

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