Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest
OHIO UNIVERSITY SOUTHERN
2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest Guidelines
ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2017
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
King likewise draws readers into his speech through his impassioned use of repetition. As his use of repetition gains momentum, readers and listeners become motivated and empowered by his words. If you reread the speech, you will also notice how King very skillfully moves his audience to take personal responsibility for change. While his speech begins speaking in general about Americans, he swiftly moves to the language of “us” and “we,” embracing all Americans in his plan of non-violent action. Later, he writes in second person (you), saying, “I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality.” Here, he is calling on individuals to join the Civil Rights cause.
Write your own speech on something that you would like to see changed in your school or your community. Like King, make use of a variety of creative techniques to help broaden your audience, capture your readers’ attention, and inspire your readers to make a difference.
Speeches will be evaluated by a committee of faculty, staff, and students from Ohio University Southern. Decisions of the evaluation committee are final.
Rules & Guidelines:
2. Students may submit only one speech, and it must be the student’s original work.
3. The speech must be typed in Times New Roman font, size 12, double spaced with standard one inch margins, one side only.
4. The speech must be between 750 and 1000 words (about 3-5 pages).
5. The name, home phone number, parent’s email address, school,grade, and age of student author must be submitted on the entry form,accompanying the speech. Do not place your name or any other identifying information on any other page.
6. All speeches are to include references, utilizing at least one book source, but no more than one website source. The sources do not need to be from Dr. King. They can relate to the topic of your speech.
7. Speeches may NOT include photographs, images, illustrations, etc.
8. All speeches will be judged on the author’s knowledge of the following: Dr. King and his work in the civil rights movement, relevancy to essay theme, originality of ideas and clarity of expression, personal perspective, organization, grammar, and guidelines.
9. All speeches submitted become the property of Ohio University Southern and may be displayed on the website, in other university publications, or in locations throughout the community.
10. Children of Ohio University Southern faculty and staff are not eligible.
Deadline & Submission
In the subject area of the email write the title of your speech
Include in the text of your email the following information (This information serves as your ENTRY FORM for email submissions. Entries will not be read without the following):
- First Name
- Last Name
- Speech Title
- School Grade & Age
- Street Address, City, State, Zip Code
- Telephone Number with area code
- Parent’s Email Address
- School Name & Teacher’s Email Address
Attach Speech (do not include your name or any of the above information (except title) on your speech).
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 5:00pm.
- Print and fill in the registration entry form
Attach the registration form to your speech (do not include your name or entry information on your speech)
Mail registration form and essay to:
Speeches must be received by Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 5:00pm. A confirmation will be sent to the email address listed on the registration form within three business days.