Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Kentucky’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commission Seeks Citizenship Nominations, Essays, Artwork for 2014 Awards

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 28, 2013  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission, part of the Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment, is seeking nominations for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Citizenship Award, along with essays and artwork for the esteemed King Award.

Wednesday, Aug. 28, is the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march on Washington, D.C., where Dr. King delivered his famous, “I have a dream…” speech. Building upon Dr. King’s passion and leadership, the Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission offers students a chance to creatively express ways to work together to generate opportunities to better themselves and society as a whole with art and essay contests.

The theme for the contest essays and artwork is “Moving Opportunities to Rise: Building Bridges.” The art contest is open to kindergarten through 12th-grade students, and the essay contest is open to fourth through 12th-grade students. Entries of essays or two-dimensional artwork should reflect Dr. King’s legacy of “service to explore innovative approaches to rise and reach desired goals.”

The citizenship award is given to an individual who embodies the spirit and energy of the late civil rights leader. The criteria for nominees include persons who have demonstrated leadership and achievement toward the principles of racial equality, interracial harmony, economic justice, participation in Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observances and dedication to King’s dream.

Artwork and essays must be received by close of business Nov. 8, 2013. All entries must be properly labeled and addressed to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards, 700 Capitol Ave., Suite 138, Frankfort, KY 40601. The deadline for receipt of citizenship award nominations is Dec. 4, 2013. All winners will be recognized at the Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Celebration in Frankfort on Jan. 16, 2014. For information and guidelines on all awards, please visit