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.
Undergraduate written; undergraduate video; graduate written; graduate video (prizes may not be awarded in all categories)
1,000-1,500 words for written essays; 30-120 seconds for video
All IU Bloomington students (previous first-place award winners are ineligible)
Friday, November 22, 2013, 5:00 pm
All entries, written and video, require an essay and a cover sheet.
Cover sheets must include name, address, phone number, and e-mail addresses. Entrants' names should not appear in the essays. To ensure blind judging, students should not show drafts of their essays to committee members or judges.
Files: Written essays should be forwarded as Microsoft Word documents with the cover sheet at the beginning of the document to email@example.com. Video essays should be copied to CD or DVD, with a cover sheet as a separate Microsoft Word document on the same disk and delivered to DEMA, Bryan Hall 115. Please DO NOT send videos as attachments; videos sent as attachments will be disqualified. Guidelines for video contest are here.
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