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.
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."