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What is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Poetry Contest?

The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Poetry Contest sponsored by the Diversity Council is open to Olmsted County students in grades 3 - 12. Themes and deadlines are announced each year in October, and winners are announced in January.

2020 Contest

Theme for the 2020 Contest

Poems for the MLK, Jr. Poetry Contest are based around a yearly theme: a quote by the civil rights leader himself.

This year, students wrote and submitted poems around this quote by King:

"Love yourself, and that means rational and healthy self-interest…That’s the length of life. Then follow that: Love your neighbor as you love yourself … That’s the breadth of life."

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Heidi Wilkins

Outreach and K-16 Education