MLK Day Essay Contest Open to WC and Local High School Students

$100, $50 and $25 Cash Prizes Available to Winners

December 3, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr. 1964

Martin Luther King Jr. 1964

Wilmington College and local high school students have an opportunity to win cash prizes by taking inspiration from the words of Martin Luther King Jr. and crafting their own “I Have a Dream” speech featuring the racial, political and socio-economic environment of 2013.

The College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Celebration Planning Committee is sponsoring the essay contest that features $100, $50 and $25 prizes for the top three places in both the College and high school categories.

“Wilmington/Clinton County students in grades 10 through 12 and students enrolled at Wilmington College are invited to enter the MLK essay contest,” said Jean Mulhern, director of WC’s Watson Library and committee member.

She noted that each student must complete a copy of the official entry form and submit it with one copy of an original essay (2 to 4 pages, typed, double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12 point font) based on the following prompt:

“On August 28, 1963, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. Considering what you have learned about Dr. King from reading what he wrote and said, and considering your current environment, write a speech that he would give today, here and now, entitled “I Have a Dream.”

Mulhern said entries must be received no later than 5 p.m., Dec. 13, at Watson Library to be eligible for the contest. Participants can obtain an MLK Essay Contest 2013 Entry Form, which includes additional information, online at the “News” tab at

The College is hosting the annual Community MLK Day observance Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m., in Hugh G. Heiland Theatre.