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It Starts with Me | Writing & Art Content for Students

Grand Island area students: The Literacy Council, Multicultural Coalition, and YWCA of Grand Island are partnering to sponsor a youth writing and art contest to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thanks to generous funding from Amur, a winner in each category will receive $200! Check out the images below for information. And click here to access the entry form.

Students in grades 4-12 from Grand Island area schools are invited to participate in a writing and art contest that commemorates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his hopeful vision of creating a Beloved Community. One winner from each age category will be selected and awarded a cash prize.

Creating the Beloved Community $200 Category Prizes

Submission Topics

Students may submit a typed essay, a typed creative writing piece, or a piece of art that addresses the prompt for your assigned grade level:

4th-5th grade:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wanted to create a world where ALL people had everything they needed and were treated fairly. He believed we could create this world if we worked together and used nonviolnce.

Think about your community. What would your community look like if ALL people had everything they needed and were treated fairly? How can you take steps to make these changes?

6th-8th grade:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a vision of the world where ALL people had everything they needed and were treated fairly. He believed we could create this world by working together and using nonviolence. He called this idea the Beloved Community.

What would it look like to be part of a Beloved Community? What could you do to make this vision a reality? How would it compare to the communities you are part of today?

9th-12th grade:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote about the idea of creating a Beloved Community. The King Center explains it this way: “Dr King’s Beloved Community is a global vision, in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger, and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discriminiation, bigotry, and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.”

In 2022, how do you envision the Beloved Community? What can we do to take steps to move towards this idea of a Beloved Community? What needs to change?