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 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 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.

Nzingha Nommo
Owner, Afri-Ware