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For Immediate Release: 10/22/2013
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee Announces Literary Contest and Visual Arts Show for Students

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Commemorative Committee is seeking entries for its literary arts contest and visual arts show in observance of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The writing contest and visual arts show is open to all elementary, middle and high schools students in Montgomery County. Essay entries must be 150 words or less, and must be in poetry or essay format. Entries will be judged on understanding and appreciation of the ideals of Dr. King; clarity and originality of expression; and adherence to the 2014 theme, “Honoring the Legacy: Celebrate, Serve, Remember.”

Entries for the visual arts show can include prints, posters, collages, murals, photographs and all other two-dimensional visual art forms. Entries should also portray the 2014 theme. Students should work with their art teacher on more specific submission criteria.

The deadline for submitting entries is Friday, December 6. Participating schools should submit a maximum of three entries per school to the MLK Essay Contest, c/o Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, 21 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850.

The top three winners from all entries will be invited to read their essays and receive an award presented by the County Executive and The Gazette Newspapers as part of the County-wide MLK celebration on Monday, January 20, 2014 at the Music Center at Strathmore. There is no limit on the number of visual arts entries from each school. All visual arts submissions will be exhibited at the program, as well as at the Executive Office Building during Black History Month in February.

For more information, contact James Stowe, director of the County’s Office of Human Rights, at 240-777-8491 or email

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Release ID: 13-324
Media Contact: Sue Tucker 240-777-6507

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