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

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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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

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.

Iglesia Bautista La Gran Comision, 1021 South Cumberland St., Morristown, TN 37813, is devoting itself to community service in remembering the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Monday, January 18, 2016, the congregation’s pastor, the Rev. Alfonso Jerezano, will be leading church members and others who wish to help in projects serving four local organizations. Pastor Jerezano is organizing three separate groups and sending them forth.

9:30 – 12N                       Service to CEASE

12:30pm-3:00pm             God’s Warehouse

12:30pm-3:00pm              Boys and Girls Clubs

A fourth group will devote the day to service at the church.

Pastor Jerezano welcomes both English and Spanish speaking volunteers.

If you would like to join this effort, please call Pastor Jerezano at (423)748-7324

History:   Beginning in 2010, our local newspaper, the Citizen-Tribune,  began sponsoring an essay contest for three age levels of Hamblen County students: High School, Middle School and Elementary School. Prompts for essays at each grade level were provided by the school system. Members of the Morristown Task Force on Diversity served as readers and judges.  An award of $100 was presented to the winner in each category at the annual MLK Community Celebration and Breakfast by Editor, Mike Fishman.  Each winner was invited to read his or her essay,.

In 2013, there were well over 300 submissions of essays from Hamblen County students. In 2014, there were 500 entrants and last year, in 2015, there were over 800 entrants. Additionally the contest was opened to K-2 students who were invited to provide a drawing and a few words in response to their prompt.

Teachers used the essay contest to promote critical thinking in line with state Language Arts requirements for students. Awards were presented at the Annual MLK Breakfast by the editor of the newspaper, Michael Fishman.

2016 Essay Contest :  A complete packet with detailed instructions and a copy of Dr King’s “I Have a Dream” speech may be downloaded by clicking here  (2016 Essay Contest Packet

In  summary, the essay prompts for 2016 are:

Prompt for K-Grade 2:

Dr. King dreamed of a peaceful world where everyone is treated fairly. Show/Tell how we can be fair and treat people equally.  (May include illustration.)

Essay Prompt for Grades 3—5

(We hope that teachers, parents or other adults will read  or watch Dr. King’s speech with children of this age group and talk together about what they hear as well as these questions before the students write their essays.)

Using evidence from the text of the speech, answer the following question: “If Dr. King were with us today, what about our world would make him proud? Where would he say we have more work to do?”

Essay Prompt for Grades 6—8

Read Dr. King’s speech,  “I Have a Dream .” In this speech, Dr. King identifies several goals he hopes his speech will achieve. Identify two of those goals and tell how we have made progress toward those goals since the speech was given.

Essay Prompt for Grades 9—12

Read Dr. King’s speech, “I Have a Dream.”  What does Dr. King mean when he used the metaphor “sit down at the table of brotherhood?” How do we as an American society live up to this metaphor? What are the next steps for America in achieving a society that reflects this vision?

The Deadline for entries is Friday, Dec 11, 2015

Mail to: Morristown’s Task Force on Diversity,
c/o The Rose Center,
442 W. Second North Street.
Morristown, TN 37814

The Morristown Task Force on Diversity cordially invites residents of the Lakeway area to a Community Celebration of the continuing influence and legacy of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 18, 2016.

The Breakfast and Celebration will be held at First Presbyterian Church Family Life Center, 600 W Main Street, Morristown, Tennessee. (Directions to the church)

Doors open at 7am with the buffet breakfast catered by Jersey Girl. See Ticket Information below.

The program begins at 7:30 am and includes music, a keynote address and awards honoring members of our community who reflect the ongoing work of Dr. King. There will be two community awards given:

  • The 2016 MLK Award for Advancing Cultural Awareness
  • The 2016 Martin Luther King Jr Award for Service and Advocacy

In addition, Morristown Task Force on Diversity, Hamblen County Schools and the local newspaper, The Citizen-Tribune, are co-sponsoring the annual essay contest.  Winners in four categories will be presented their awards at the breakfast.  Detailed information about the essay contest can be found on the drop-down menu under 2016 Essay Contest.

The program will conclude by 9am in order to allow those who attend and who wish to participate in the Annual March in Dandridge to take part in that event.

TICKET INFORMATION:  Tickets for adults are $15. Student tickets are $10. Tickets for Veterans are $10. One only need to show one’s card at the door.

To Pick Up in Person: Tickets are available at Rose Center, at the office of the Citizen-Tribune or from members of the Task Force.

To Reserve Tickets and Pick Up at the door:  Tickets may also be reserved and picked up at the door by going to the menu tab “Contact Us” and send us a reservation request. The deadline for reservations is January 11, 2016.

To Communicate with Someone in Person: If you have questions and wish to speak with someone from the group, click the tab marked Mailing Address and Phone Numbers just below the Contact Us tab. There you will find several avenues for making personal contact.