2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest

The 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest is now open! Students in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in this contest.

Students are being asked to write their essays based on the following quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiples hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.”

More specific contest information can be found on the Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest website, The online submission deadline is February 28, 2022.

This program is FREE for Department of Student Programs member schools. Non-member schools will be charged $10 per essay.

Department membership is independent of individual administrator membership through IASP. If you are unsure if your school is a DSP Member, or if you have other questions, please contact Chris at 

We look forward to reading your student’s submissions!