“King Fest” to be held Jan. 21, 2013

Information on the 12th Annual Dr. Martin Luther, King Jr. Scholarship Writing Contest below:

Dr. Martin Luther, King Jr. was a man committed to peace, justice, and equality. In his efforts for civil rights, he emphasized the importance of determination to achieve freedom and human dignity.

A lot has changed since the days of King’s peaceful protests, but the world still needs equality and peace. Think about how Martin Luther King Jr. might affect our society if he were alive today.

Contestants for the writing competition should focus their essay on the following: What three main problems in our society do you think Dr. King would be trying to solve if he were alive today?


The writing contest is open to students in the 12th grade, who live in the City of Milwaukee, or are enrolled in a school, either public or private, within the City of Milwaukee. Also, after graduating, they must produce a transcript where they are enrolled in a college and present a report card for the first semester.

Writing must be neat and legible. Only one side of the page may be used. The maximum length should not exceed 550 words. Essays will be disqualified, if words limitation is exceeded.


Entries will be judged on the basis of clearly expressed, creative ideas. In judging entries, emphasis will be placed on clarity, creativity, and originality. Correct usage of basic grammar and writing skills will also be considered.


Two scholarships for $500.00 will be awarded to the winners (male and female) at the Dr. King celebration, on Monday, January, 21, 2013, African American Women Center, 3020 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee, WI 53208.

Entry Delivery Information All entries must be submitted by, Monday, January 15, 2013, at the following location: Janette Herrera, 4458 N. 40th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53209 Questions/Concerns

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact, Janette Herrera at: 414-828-1410.