U.S. Embassy Announces 9th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Competition

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The United States Embassy in Nassau, The Bahamas, is pleased to announce the launch of the 9th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay contest. The purpose of the contest is to encourage students to explore the life of Dr. King and his impact on the civil rights movement. All high school students in The Bahamas ages 15-18 years old are invited to participate in the contest.

This year’s theme is “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. worked very hard to highlight the importance of equality and human rights for all regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnicity, disability, citizenship, socio-economic status, etc.  He partnered with community leaders, government officials, schools and many others to ensure the fight for equality was a collaborative effort locally and nationally.”

Students are asked to respond to the following questions “What does ‘Equality and Human Rights for All’ mean to you?  What can you do to promote equality and human rights in your community and throughout The Bahamas?” in an essay of 500 words or less. The essay is due January 30, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

For full consideration, the following rules MUST be followed:

  • All essays must be 500 words or less.
  • The document must have 1 inch margins.
  • Use 12-point Times New Roman font. 
  • The document must be double spaced.
  • Entry form and essay must be submitted electronically to NassauPublicAffairs@state.gov as ONE attachment no later than January 30, 2015 at 5:00 PM. 
  • Subject line of email must be YOUR NAME and TITLE of essay.
  • Late submissions will not be considered.

Winners will be announced at the end of February to correspond with Black History Month.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Essay Competition Official Entry Form. (PDF 361 KB)