The Martin Luther King Community Coalition has been sponsoring the Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay and Art/Poster Contest for the past 33 years here in the Pasadena, Altadena, Sierra Madre, and La Cañada communities. The Pasadena Unified School District, along with some of the local private schools, have been very supportive of our efforts. For the 2016-2017 contest year, we added a couple of new enhancements to the contest.
First, instead of only one theme, separate themes have been added for each grade level. Next, an exciting performing arts category has been added to the contest. Students will now have the opportunity to interpret the theme through dance, poetry recitation/spoken word and video production. Our hope is that these new changes will engage and attract more students.
We believe your commitment to the great legacy that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. left us is the reason we get the support we do every year. As volunteers, we want to do what we can to bring his dreams to reality.
The effort of students year after year in the language and creative arts areas demonstrate what they can do to keep Dr. Kingʼs dreams alive. This experience not only increases students’ knowledge about Dr. King, but also enhances their language skills, creativity, self-esteem, and character. “Blessed be the hand that prepares a pleasure for a child, for there is no saying when and where it may bloom forth,” says Douglas Jerrold, and we agree.
To download a contest packet, click this link: 2016-2017 MLK Contest Packet. A member of our committee will welcome the opportunity to come and talk with you and your class about the contest and Dr. King. Please call Dr. David L. Jacobs at (626) 794-9031 and we will gladly answer your concerns, as well as schedule an appointment.