Governor's Office of Minority Empowerment

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 18, 2007  
Contact Information:  Troy Body, 502-564-2611  

Awards to honor outstanding Kentuckians during state holiday

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment and the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Commission are seeking nominees for the 2008 Citizenship Award  and student essays and artwork for the 2008 King Award.

The Citizenship Award is given annually to an individual who embodies the spirit, energy and values of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was a great American Civil Rights leader and winner of the Nobel Peace prize.

Nominees must have demonstrated leadership and achievement to the principles of racial equality, interracial harmony, economic justice, participation in the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday observances and dedication to Dr. King’s dream.

Each entry should include only one nomination. In addition to a one-page typed narrative describing the qualifications of the nominee, forms should the name of the nominee, personal contact information, place of employment and the name of the person making the nomination.

Students across the Commonwealth are also encouraged to enter an essay to be considered for the 2008 King Award. This year’s theme is The Dream…Remembering the Past, Shaping the Future.  Students in grades K-12 should submit an essay or artwork reflecting his or her most inspired Dr. King moment or speech in concert with the theme. Student should discuss how they use that inspiration to shape their lives and communities.  The artwork must be in one of the following categories:

·        Two-dimensional artwork
·        Three-dimensional artwork
·        Media artwork

The 2008 King Awards and the Citizenship Award will be presented at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Frankfort on January 15, 2008.

All essays and/or digital images of artwork must be received (not postmarked) in the Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment by close of business on October 31, 2007.

For official rules and guidelines please see attached applications and/or visit   Please do not submit original artwork.

Entries for both the King Awards and Citizenship Award should be mailed or delivered to the Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2008  Essay Contest / Visual Art Contest, 700 Capital Avenue, Ste. 132, Frankfort, KY 40601.

For questions, please call the Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment at 502-564-2611, ext. 370.