Afri-Ware holds MLK Jr. essay contest
Children ages 6 to 16 are invited to write an essay (2 pages/500 words or less) answering the following question:
“This is the 20th Anniversary of celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a National Holiday. If Dr. King were alive today, do you think he would be in support of the war in Iraq? Why or why not?”
1st Place winners will receive $50 and the essay will be submitted to the “Austin Weekly” for possible publication. The winner will also receive a CD with Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream.”
2nd Place will receive $25 cash and a “Speeches and Sermons” CD of Dr. King.
3rd Place will receive $10 and “Why I Oppose the Vietnam War” CD by Dr. King.
Participants are encouraged to listen and/or read the speeches, “Why I Oppose the War” or “A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Martin Luther King Jr.” and the essay called, “Beyond Vietnam.”
Participants can research online at such websites as BlackVoices.aol.com or through books and literature available at Afri-Ware.
Participants are encouraged to type or email their submissions. Handwritten ones will also be accepted. Submissions should be double space, neatly written or type and spell checked. A name, address, phone number and/or email should be included with submissions. The deadline for all submissions is Monday, January 30, 2006. Submit paper or electronic entries to: Afri-Ware Inc., 948 Lake St., Oak Park, IL; phone: 708/524-8398; fax: 708/524-8397; or email: Afriware @aol.com. Subject line in e-mail should read “MLK Essay Contest.”
All participants will be invited to read an excerpt from their essay at Afri-Ware’s opening Black History Month event on Friday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. The winners will be announced at the program and must be present to receive their award.