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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, https://iasp.org/students/mlk-jr-essay/. 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 chammer@iasp.org. 

We look forward to reading your student’s submissions!