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Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission seeks nominations, student submissions for 2018 Awards

The Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission, part of the Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment, is seeking nominations for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. awards. Nominations are being sought for the 2018 Adult and Youth Leadership Award as well as submissions from students in the area of artistic expression in essays, visual artwork and poems.

The prestigious Leadership Award recognizes adult and youth leaders in the community whose actions demonstrate distinguished service in promoting King’s ideals to further the goals of diversity and justice for all. The esteemed student awards encourage youth throughout the state to express themselves creatively through essays, visual art and poetry by thinking on this year’s theme “Reflecting on our past in order to build a brighter future.”

The art contest is open to kindergarten through 12th grade students, and the essay and poetry contest is open to fourth through 12th-grade students. Student poems, artwork and essays must be received by close of business Nov. 30, 2017. The deadline for receipt of the Leadership Award nominations is Dec. 8, 2017. Leadership awards are segmented by 17 and under for youth and 18 and above for adults. Nominators are required to follow the Leadership Award submission guidelines. All entries must be properly labeled and addressed to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards, 700 Capitol Ave., Suite 146, Frankfort, KY 40601.

Winners will be recognized at the Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Celebration in Frankfort on Jan. 4, 2018. For information, nomination forms and guidelines on all awards, please visit www.ome.ky.gov. You may also call the Governor’s Office Minority Empowerment at (502) 564-2611 or email kyome@ky.gov.

From Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment

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