Is there an MLK in your community?

Essay Competition Sponsored by

The Embassy of the United States in Honor of:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black History Month




Topic:  When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, the Chairman of the Nobel Committee said that Dr. King was
“the first person in the Western world to have shown us that a struggle can be waged without violence.”  In his acceptance speech, King said that we must “discover a way to live together in peace” by finding a method to address conflict “which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation.”
Forty-five years later, President Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”  In his Nobel lecture, President Obama quoted Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones.”


Look at your world – your own community or the wider, international sphere – and describe one person’s struggle to bring others together in a community of peace.  Tell us about the person, their work, and how they embody the ideals of the Nobel Peace Prize espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Barack Obama.


Prizes:  First Prize: US$500.  Second Prize: US$300.  Third Prize: US$200.


Eligibility:  Participants must be enrolled students between 13-17 years of age on January 16, 2012.

Deadline for submission:  Essays must be received by 11:59 pm on Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Day, January 16, 2012.


Completed essays may be mailed or e-mailed to the U.S. Embassy at the following addresses:


U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean

Public Affairs Section

Wildey Business Park

St. Michael, BB 14006



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