2023 MLK Essay Prompts

Prompt for K-Grade 12

Looking into a mirror at yourself ask yourself the following question:  What can you do to give back to this community in the future? Who has influenced you with their service?


Length and style:
K-2 – May be submitted in words or pictures
Grades 3-5 – An essay between 150-200 words
Grades 6-8 – An essay between 250-350 words
Grades 9-12 – An essay not to exceed 500 words


Download Entry Form

The essay may be handwritten or produced on a computer in 12 pt font
Submitting the essays:  Individual essays should be accompanied by a separate but completed entry form, copy attached.  If submissions are coming from a class in school, we ask that teachers number each essay from the class and include entry forms with numbers which match the essays in a separate folder or envelope.
Copyright:  All essays become the property of MTFD which reserves the right to publish all essays.

Judging Criteria:

Download Grades K-2 Scoring Rubrics

Download Grades 3-12 Scoring Rubrics


A cash prize of $200 will be awarded to the winner in each age group. K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Winners and at least one adult family member will be expected to attend the Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast at First United Methodist Church at 9:00 am, to present his or her essay.

Deadline for Entries is January 5, 2023

Submit to Hamblen County School Board main front desk office
Others should mail to:  Morristown Task Force on Diversity, ℅ Morristown Task Force on Diversity, 230 Montrose Ave, Morristown, TN 37813
Essays with entry form information can be E-mailed to:   morristowndiversitytaskforce@gmail.com