Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Contest

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing, Speech and Art Contests 2020-21

Celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Keep Moving Forward

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an activist committed to peace, justice, and equality. As a visionary leader of the civil rights movement, King fought for racial and economic justice for the oppressed. His driving forces were nonviolence, love, the importance of family and self-respect.

This year’s theme is “Keep Moving Forward,” from Dr. King’s address “Keep Moving the Mountain” given at Spelman College on April 10, 1960.

“Keep moving, for it may well be that the greatest song has not yet been sung, the greatest book has not yet been written, the highest mountain has not been climbed. This is your challenge! Reach out and grab it and make it a part of your life…we must keep moving. If you can’t fly, then run; if you can’t run, then walk; if you can’t walk, then crawl; but by all means keep moving…whatever you do you have to Keep Moving Forward.”

Students can reflect on these words and how they relate to themselves or others in their families, schools, neighborhoods or world.

Writing Contest | Sponsored by the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Speech Contest | Sponsored by We Energies

Art Contest | Sponsored by the Milwaukee Public Schools and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

This year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration will be held virtually by Marcus Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 1pm. The winners of the speech, art, and writing contests will be recognized at this event. 

Please visit MarcusCenter.org/MLK for more event details.