Those who have been left out

Thursday, October 26, 2017

MLK Essay

Contributor: Nanci Micke, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at United Way Fox Cities

I have learned that you should not underestimate the wisdom of a child. Each year that I have attended the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and heard the essays written by our Fox Cities students, I am reminded that the very young can articulate the great injustices in our society and provide hope for change.

The student essays are a mainstay of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration held in January at Lawrence Chapel. The theme for the upcoming 27th celebration is, “those who have been left out.” Students in grades 2 through 12 are invited to enter the essay contest. Winning essays will be read at the January 15 event. Writers are invited to relate their essays to the following question: What can I do personally and how can we work together to build a world where all feel included? Creativity is encouraged and students can write in essay or poetry form, but should not exceed one page.

Here are the details for the contest:

  • The deadline to submit essays is 4:30 p.m., Friday, November 17th, 2017. 
  • A sheet of paper separate from the essay should contain the writer’s name, email, address, telephone number, school, and grade. 
  • Contestants should not write names on essays and should not use staples to attach name and essay sheets.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Aly Wane, an organizer originally from Senegal. Mr. Wane has worked with various human rights groups including, the Syracuse Peace Council, American Friends Service Committee, and the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is sponsored by Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities, African Heritage, Inc., and the Lawrence University Diversity Center. The event is free, and the public is invited to attend. It is always a memorable night, made even more so by hearing the words of our children and their dreams for our future.

Entries can be sent to 2018 King Essay Contest, c/o United Way Fox Cities, 1455 Midway Road, Menasha, WI 54952. Winners will be notified by phone or email. Questions about the contest can be directed to Tony Gonzalez at (920) 954-7211.