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2014 Essay Contest Prompt
Realizing King's dream in the "fierce urgency of now

This year commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech. President Barak Obama recently reminded us that King’s ideas were “words for the ages”: responsibility lies with current generations to continue King’s legacy and heed the “fierce urgency of now.”

The MLK Day Essay Contest Committee, in conjunction with the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs  (DEMA), invites IUB students to submit an original written or video essay that draws on their experience to respond to this question:

What is your dream for our future? Write your own “I Have a Dream” speech and explain what actions you will take to help realize that dream.

Successful essays will answer the question, and refer specifically not only to the writer’s personal experience and observations but also to the original text of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Categories: Undergraduate written; undergraduate video; graduate written; graduate video (prizes may not be awarded in all categories)
Length: 1,000-1,500 words for written essays; 30-120 seconds for video
Eligibility: All IU Bloomington students (previous first-place award winners are ineligible)
Prizes: Apple iPad
Deadline: Friday, November 22, 2013, 5:00 pm

Prizes will be distributed at the annual MLK Jr. Day Celebration Breakfast on January 20, 2014.

2014 Essay Contest Winners
1st place Matt Bloom 1st place Emmalon Davis
1st place Rachael Amick

2014 First-Place Video Essay by Rachael Amick

Past Contest Winners

2013:   Living King's Legacy: Making a Career of Humanity   (essay contest guidelines)

1st place Alicia Nieves 1st place Matthew Pfaff

2012:   Living King's Legacy: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century   (essay contest guidelines)

1st place Jamie Ehrenpreis 1st place Olusola Lawal
1st place Michael Goodman

2012 First-Place Video Essay by Michael Goodman

2011:   Sustaining the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   (essay contest guidelines)

1st place Shabrelle Pollock 1st place Hanguyl Kim

2010:   Now Is the Time: Making Real the Promise   (essay contest press release 2010)

1st place Joseph Slabaugh 1st place Scarlett Brooks
2nd place Michael Coleman, Jr. 2nd place Desiree Chuang
3rd place Alex Luboff

2009:   Times of Challenge and Controversy   (essay contest flyer 2009)

1st place Sachet Watson 1st place Jennifer Davis
2nd place Abigail Skinner 2nd place Tiffani Saunders
3rd place Taracciola Morales 3rd place Mai-Lin Poon

2008:   Building the Community: Making the Dream a Reality   (essay contest flyer 2008)

Revised: October 18, 2012

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