2019 Community Awards

If you know someone who has made significant and public contributions in any of the following categories, we invite you to nominate that person by virtue of a letter of recommendation. Members of the Task Force will review every nomination and select the honorees. They will be presented with their award at the 2019 MLK Community Breakfast and Celebration on Monday, January 21, 2019.

The awards and criteria are as follows:

2019 MLK Community Building Award: 

  • Nominees should be persons who have made significant contributions in building a sense of unity among Hamblen County citizens.
  • Nominees should have publicly demonstrated their ability in building a stronger, more inclusive community through identifiable activities and programs.

2019 MLK Award for Advancing Cultural Awareness

  • Nominees should demonstrate both an appreciation for diversity and inclusion and possess and use his/her/their skills in building and maintaining harmonious cross-cultural relationships through cultural activities or programs. 
  • Nominees shall have accomplished specific cultural initiatives that foster Dr. King’s vision of unity among people of diverse backgrounds.

2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Service and Advocacy

  • Nominees should be persons engaged in providing services and/or advocacy for the human rights of those marginalized because of poverty, race or ethnicity, national origin, gender, age or any other reason.
  • Nominees shall have publicly demonstrated and accomplished goals which have given voice and visibility to those who are marginalized.

Send the name of the nominee, the award you believe he or she deserves, his or her contact information and a letter of recommendation to

Dr. Alpha Alexander
230 Montrose Ave
Morristown, TN 37813-5259

The deadline for receiving nominations is Monday, December 17, 2018

2017 MLK Breakfast

8TH ANNUAL MLK BREAKFAST TO BE HELD ON JANUARY 16th, 2017

This year’s Martin Luther King Jr’s Breakfast hosted by the Morristown Task Force on Diversity will feature special guest speaker Rev Cecil C Mills Pastor and Senior Assistant district attorney for the Criminal Division of the Greene County Office of the District Attorney General office.

The MLK breakfast will include the announcement of the winners of the annual Citizen Tribune MLK essay contest. Dr. Alpha Alexander said “that we are very excited with the 1200+ number of essays that we received this year”. The MLK Breakfast will be held on Monday January 16th inside the First Presbyterian Church Family Life Center in Morristown.

Breakfast will be served at 7:00am with the program beginning at 7:30am. Tickets for adults are $15 and tickets for students and veterans are $10 (with ID).

Tickets are available at the office of the Citizen Tribune or from members of the task force. Tickets may also be reserved and pick up at the door by calling 423-277-2250.

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2017 MLK Student Essay Contest

Click Here for Entry Form

2016-2017 Writing Prompts:  I Have A Dream

Grades K-2:

Dr. King is sharing a dream of what the world would look like if everyone got along.  Show/Tell how your dream world would look if everyone were treated nicely and with respect.  (May include illustration.)

Grades 3-5:

If Dr. King’s dream from his “I Have a Dream” speech came true, how would your school and community look different?  How would people treat each other? What would make Dr. King the most proud?

Grades 6-8:

What words, phrases, or sections of Dr. King’s speech do you find the most powerful and why?  Are they still powerful today?  How so?

Grades 9-12:

Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech identifies the goals of the Civil Rights Movement to overcome segregation and racism. What are the new dreams of your generation in terms of justice and equality in America? What will it take for your generation to overcome?

Guidelines for the Essays

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

Format:

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:

Essays will be judged on the following criteria:  Content and clarity of expression-30%;  Originality-20%;  Development of topic-30%;  Grammar, spelling and other mechanics-20%.
Prizes:  A cash prize of $100 will be awarded to the winner in each age group.
Winners and at least one adult family member will be expected to attend the Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast at 1st Presbyterian Church at 7:00 am, to present his or her essay.

Deadline for Entries is Friday, December 2, 2016

Hamblen County Schools return to Mr. Clement’s Office

Others should mail to:  Morristown Task Force on Diversity, c/o Rose Center, 442 W. Second North St., Morristown, TN 37814

Click Here for Entry Form

2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Awards

If you know someone who has made significant and public contributions in any of the following categories, we invite you to nominate that person by virtue of a letter of recommendation. Members of the Task Force will review every nomination and select the honorees. They will be presented with their award at the 2017 MLK Community Breakfast and Celebration on Monday, January 16, 2017.

The awards and criteria are as follows:

2017 MLK Community Building Award:

  • Nominees should be persons who have made significant contributions in building a sense of unity among Hamblen County citizens.
  • Nominees should have publicly demonstrated their ability in building a stronger, more inclusive community through identifiable activities and programs.

2017 MLK Award for Advancing Cultural Awareness

  • Nominees should demonstrate both an appreciation for diversity and inclusion and possess and use his/her/their skills in building and maintaining harmonious cross-cultural relationships.
  • Nominees shall have accomplished specific initiatives that foster Dr. King’s vision of unity among people of diverse backgrounds.

2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Service and Advocacy

  • Nominees should be persons engaged in providing services and/or advocacy for the human rights of those marginalized because of poverty, race or ethnicity, national origin, gender, age or any other reason.
  • Nominees shall have publicly demonstrated and accomplished goals which have given voice and visibility to those who are marginalized.

Send the name of the nominee, the award you believe he or she deserves, his or her contact information and a letter of recommendation to

Dr. Alpha Alexander

230 Montrose Ave

Morristown, TN 37813-5259

The deadline for receiving nominations is Monday, December 12, 2016.