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Ohio Northern University to hold Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest for ONU students

Dec 2, 2013

To help commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Ohio Northern University will hold an essay contest open to Ohio Northern undergraduates and graduates.

The graduate and undergraduate student essays will be judged, and cash prizes will be awarded to the top three entries. For undergraduates, the first-place winner will receive $500, the second-place winner will receive $250, and third place will get $100. In the graduate student division, the first-place winner will receive $750, second place $500, and third place $250. The deadline to submit entries is Jan. 7. Essay presentations and prizes will be awarded at the campus Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance on Jan. 21.

The undergraduate topic is: On Jan. 11, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Ohio Northern University. Consider his remarks during this visit and the changes on ONU’s campus since that time. How have race relations here changed?

The graduate topic is: Consider Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963, as it relates to social justice issues other than integration and what progress has been made on these issues since the speech. What can we do, or are we doing, as a nation to address these issues?”

Essays should be typed and double-spaced, have a title, and be no more than 1,000 words. Essays should have a cover sheet with the student’s name, year in school, mailing address, email address, and phone number. Nothing in the essay should directly identify the student, as the essays will be judged anonymously. For further information on the guidelines and rules, go to

Undergraduate entries can be submitted to For more information, contact David MacDonald, university chaplain, at or 419-772-2200.

Graduate entries can be submitted to For more information, contact Deidre Keller, associate professor of law, at or 419-772-2224.

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