MLK Letter Writing Contest Open to High School Students
High school students are encouraged to participate in the county’s Dr. Martin Luther King “Dear Martin” letter writing contest. The 2021 theme is “In His and Their Own Words—Reflecting on Our Past While Forecasting the Future.” Students are asked to write a letter addressed to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., sharing their thoughts about today’s world, what’s different now from when Dr. King was alive, and what the student would like to see happen for humankind in the future.
Student letters should be addressed “Dear Martin” and address one of the following focus areas: protest, equal justice, the right to vote or the push for unity. Letters should be 150 words or less and received by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23. Students can submit their letters here.
Four students will be selected to read and record their letters (one from each focus area) to be used in the county’s virtual MLK Memorial Celebration event on Jan. 18, 2021.
Students can earn one Student Service Learning (SSL) hour for a submission that meets the criteria and reflects thoughtful, insightful and meaningful work. If the letter is chosen to be recorded as part of the video-recorded celebration, students will receive one additional SSL hour.
Students can earn even more SSL hours by viewing the celebration video program titled, “In His and Their Own Words—Reflecting on Our Past while Forecasting the Future,” and participating in an advocacy and reflection exercise as part of an MLK Week of Service districtwide SSL opportunity. More details will be posted on the MCPS SSL webpage in the coming weeks.