Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Awards Banquet will honor area sixth- and seventh-graders who have participated in an essay contest that honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

During the event, planned for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Falcon Center Gym 1 on the FS main campus, the three contest winners will be named. The essay topic is "Who was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and how does his dream affect our society?" Cash prizes will be awarded for first place ($300), second place ($200) and third place ($100).

"I think this is a great opportunity for all students to learn about the great, late Dr. King," said Persis Bates, Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs. "This contest allows students to go beyond the classroom and apply their knowledge about Dr. King into an essay. Hopefully, as part of our goal, the participants will get a chance to express their opinion about his dream and its effect on our society."

The essays were judged by faculty members of the FSU Department of Language & Literature.

For more information, call Persis Bates at (304) 367-4215.