Prompt for K-Grade 12

What made MARTIN LUTHER KING a hero? Who is your hero and why?

Guidelines

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:

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

Prizes: 

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 7, 2022

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

Hosted by Morristown’s Task Force on Diversity
Sponsored also by the Citizen Tribune and Hamblen County Department of Education

When: Monday, January 21, 2019 from 7 AM – 9 AM
Where: First United Methodist Church,101 East 1st North Street, Morristown, Tennessee 37814

Morristown’s Task Force on Diversity will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast being held on Monday, January 21, 2019 at First United Methodist Church in Morristown. 

This annual breakfast provides Hamblen County and surrounding areas an opportunity to remember and honor the life and legacy of Dr. King. The Keynote Speaker this year is Clara Ester, an eye witness to the assassination of Dr. King in Memphis, Tennessee.


Clara Ester was a young woman on that fateful day in April,1968. Clara heard a noise and when she turned, she saw Dr. King fall. Instinctively, she rushed forward.

In a lecture to the Chautauqua Society on August 15, 2018, Ms. Ester, a retired deaconess of the United Methodist Church, spoke eloquently about the lessons of that day and how it has inspired a lifetime of work.

–The Chautauquan Daily, August 16, 2018

Students in Hamblen County have participated in the annual essay contest sponsored by the Citizen Tribune. Winners of the essay contest in four categories will receive awards at the breakfast. Three Community Awards will be also be presented:
the 2019 Community Award in Community Building
the 2019 Community Award for Advancing Cultural Awareness
the 2019 Community Award for Service and Advocacy.

Descriptions of these awards may be found on the MTFD website at www. morristown-diversity.org.

Breakfast is being catered by Little City Catering/Jersey Girl. The breakfast buffet opens at 7am. The program begins promptly at 7:30am. Tickets are $20 per adult; $10 per student and $10 per Veteran. 

Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling Walters State Community College at 423-585-6806 or by calling the Rose Center at 423-581-4330. If available, tickets may also be purchased at the door.

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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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

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.

We believe that the work of Dr. King is not something that is restricted to the past. There are people all around us who reflect the legacy of Dr. King in the work and service they give to others every day.

Each year, Morristown’s Task Force on Diversity solicits nominations from area residents  for three community awards. We want to help lift up those whose unselfish service shines as reminders that the ongoing work of bringing hope and justice into the world is our calling. The photos below showing 2016 winners were taken by Chuck Hale and published in the Citizen Tribune, January 19, 2016

Calvin Nicely receives the posthumously awarded 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Award for Advancing Cultural on Awareness on behalf of his brother, Sammie Nicely.

Calvin Nicely receives the posthumously awarded 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Award for Advancing Cultural on Awareness on behalf of his brother, Sammie Nicely.

Willie Santana, Esq, Assistant to the Knoxville area DA, receives the 2016 Dr. MArtin Luther King, Jr Award for Service and Advocacy.

Willie Santana, Esq, Assistant to the Knoxville area DA, receives the 2016 Dr. MArtin Luther King, Jr Award for Service and Advocacy.

 What is the Martin Luther King Day of Service?

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said,

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is:  “What are you doing for others?”

2013 Day Of Service

Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday in January to serve their neighbors and communities.

In October 2012, The City Council of Morristown, Tennessee and the Hamblen County Commission both declared January 21, 2013 to be a regional day of service.

Click here to read the proclamation from the mayor of the City of Morristown.

Click here to read the proclamation from the Hamblen County Mayor’s office.

Visit the national Martin Luther King Day of Service website for more information.

PLAN

You can make this year a year of hope and good will by finding a need in the community and by helping others address that need.

The day begins at 7:30 am with a community celebration breakfast.  Our vision is to follow this gathering with acts of service performed all over our area by civic groups, clubs, houses of worship and schools.  Groups are invited to determine their own service projects or contact one of the local human service agencies identified here.

You will find a 2014 Project Kit to help guide you in planning.

Download and print copies of the 2014 MLK Flyer and Poster.

SERVE

Find a project in your commmunity and register your own project so that volunteers can find it.

IMPACT

What are your plans for MLK Day?  Share your plans and share your project’s impact after MLK Day.

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