37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration

THIS IS A FREE EVENT

The 37th Annual Dr. King Birthday celebration will be on January 17th, 2021 at 1pm.

The theme for this year is: “Keep Moving Forward”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an activist committed to peace, justice, and equality. As a visionary leader of the civil rights movement, King fought for racial and economic justice for the oppressed. His driving forces were nonviolence, love, the importance of family and self-respect.

This year’s theme is “Keep Moving Forward,” from Dr. King’s address “Keep Moving the Mountain” given at Spelman College on April 10, 1960.

“Keep moving, for it may well be that the greatest song has not yet been sung, the greatest book has not yet been written, the highest mountain has not been climbed. This is your challenge!

Reach out and grab it and make it a part of your life... we must keep moving. If you can’t fly, then run; if you can’t run, then walk; if you can’t walk, then crawl; but by all means keep moving... whatever you do you have to Keep Moving Forward.

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech, Writing, and Art Contest Rules and Deadline Information below.


Videos


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speech Contest – Sponsored by WE Energies
MLK Speech Contest at the Marcus Center in Milwaukee

 

We Energies is proud to continue our decades-long sponsorship of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech contest. Join us again this year to celebrate extraordinary student achievement in our community.

GOAL
Strengthen students’ reading, writing and public speaking skills while encouraging them to learn about and support the dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

GUIDELINES

  • Open to K-12 students.
  • Speeches must be written and delivered by students.
  • Length: Four minutes maximum
  • Grade categories: K-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12.
  • Submit application online by Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 at 5 p.m.
  • Applications require principal approval.
  • Schools may send only one student per grade category to Dec. 8 preliminaries.
  • Schools may conduct competitions to select a representative for each grade category.

KEY DATES

  • Online application deadline: Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 at 5 p.m.
  • Virtual preliminaries: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 Sponsored by Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Virtual finals: Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020 Sponsored by We Energies
  • Milwaukee King Celebration: Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021 at 1pm at the  Marcus Center for the Performing Arts - 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee

First-place winners from each grade category at the finals deliver their speeches at the celebration.

View SPEECH CONTEST RULES

 

VISIT HERE FOR ADDITIONAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. EVENT INFORMATION AND CONTEST RULES

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art Contest
Martin Luther King Jr Art Contest 2020 Marcus Center

Eligibility for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Art Contest:
Eligibility/ Categories The art contest is open to students in grades K-12 who live in the city of Milwaukee, Wauwatosa or West Bend or are enrolled in a school, either public or private, within the city of Milwaukee, Wauwatosa or West Bend.

There are four grade level categories:

  • Grades K-2: individual entries
  • Grades 3-5: individual entries
  • Grades 6-8: individual entries
  • Grades 9-12: individual entries

Judging The entries will be judged on a point system, with the following criteria considered:

  • Entries must address the contest theme.
  • Entries should relate the student’s own personal ideas, work and experiences to the topic and show an understanding of Dr. King’s ideals.
  • Entries must not be a photocopy or tracing of an existing photo of Dr. King.
  • Entries will be judged on the basis of clearly expressed, creative ideas and ability level.

In judging entries, emphasis will be placed on clarity, creativity, and originality. Teachers are encouraged to help students understand the historical context of Dr. King’s words and actions, see the relevance of these words and actions in their artwork, and become familiar with Dr. King’s life and values. We recommend utilizing the resources of MPS school libraries and the Milwaukee Public Libraries.

Prizes:
First, second, and third place art contest winners will receive an engraved plaque and a prize valued up to $100.

All entries must be submitted by 5pm on Friday, November 20, 2020.
Entries submitted after 5pm will not be considered for prizes.

Questions/ Concerns If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Amy Wayd, Contest Coordinator, at waydal@milwaukee.k12.wi.us.

Recognition First-second-and third-place winners from each age group will be recognized during Milwaukee’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 1pm, at the Marcus Performing Arts Center’s virtual event.
 
Entry Delivery Information Instructors are asked to conduct a preliminary screening of student artwork and submit only the three best art pieces from each classroom for final judging.
 

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art Contest is generously sponsored by the Marcus Performing Arts Center

DEADLINE
Photo or digital copy of artwork must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 20, 2020.
SUBMIT HERE.
 

VISIT HERE FOR ADDITIONAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. EVENT INFORMATION AND CONTEST RULES

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Writing Contest
MLK Writing Contest at the Marcus Center in Milwaukee

"Keep Moving Forward"

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an activist committed to peace, justice, and equality. As a visionary leader of the civil rights movement, King fought for racial and economic justice for the oppressed. His driving forces were nonviolence, love, the importance of family and self-respect.

This year’s theme is “Keep Moving Forward,” from Dr. King’s address, “Keep Moving the Mountain” given at Spelman College on April 10, 1960.

“Keep moving, for it may well be that the greatest song has not yet been sung, the greatest book has not yet been written, the highest mountain has not been climbed. This is your challenge! Reach out and grab it and make it a part of your life...we must keep moving. If you can’t fly, then run; if you can’t run, then walk; if you can’t walk, then crawl; but by all means keep moving... whatever you do you have to Keep Moving Forward.

Students can reflect on these words and how they relate to themselves or others in their families, schools, neighborhoods or world.

Eligibility/Categories
The writing contest is open to students in grades K-12 who live in the city of Milwaukee, Wauwatosa or West Bend or are enrolled in a school, either public or private, within the city of Milwaukee, Wauwatosa or West Bend.

There are seven grade level categories:

  • K-1: group project only (no individual essays), reflecting children’s work and ideas
  • Grades 2-3: individual entries, maximum length 250 words
  • Grades 4-5: individual entries, maximum length 350 words
  • Grade 6: individual entries, maximum length 400 words
  • Grades 7-8: individual entries, maximum length 450 words
  • Grades 9-10: individual entries, maximum length 500 words
  • Grades 11-12: individual entries, maximum length 550 words

Entries must stay within word limitations for their grade level, otherwise the essay will be disqualified.

Judging
The entries will be judged on a point system, with the following criteria considered:

  • Entries must address the theme.
  • Entries should relate the student’s own personal ideas, work and experiences to the topic and show an understanding of Dr. King’s ideals.
  • Entries must not be a biographical sketch of Dr. King.
  • Entries will be judged on the basis of clearly expressed, creative ideas and ability level. In judging entries, emphasis will be placed on clarity, creativity, and originality. Correct usage of basic grammar and writing skills will also be considered.

Teachers are encouraged to help students understand the historical context of Dr. King’s words and actions, see the relevance of these words and actions in their world today, and become familiar with Dr. King’s life and values. We recommend utilizing the resources of MPS school libraries and the Milwaukee Public Libraries.

Prizes/Recognition
First, second, and third place writing contest winners will receive an engraved plaque and a prize valued up to $100.

Entry Delivery Information
All entries must be submitted to THIS LINK by 5pm on Monday, November 16th, 2020. Entries submitted after 5pm will not be considered for prizes.

Download WRITING CONTEST RULES as a PDF

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Writing Contest is generously sponsored by MTEA

Questions/Concerns
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Donelle Johnson, Contest Coordinator, at 414-445-5635, donellejohnson@aol.com, or the MTEA at 414-259-1990.

Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association
5130 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee, WI 53208
Phone: 414-259-1990 Fax: 414-259-7801

www.mtea.org
Milwaukee Teachers’
Education Association

SPONSORS

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

▪ Bader Philanthropies, Inc. - Presenting Sponsor
▪ Marcus Performing Arts Center -  Art Contest Sponsor
▪ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Writing Contest Sponsor
▪ Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association - Writing Contest Sponsor
▪ We Energies - Speech Contest Sponsor


Show Date

Jan. 17, 2021 1:00 PM

Theater

VIRTUAL EVENT
Milwaukee, WI

Genre
Children Conversation Free Holiday Lecture Tribute VIRTUAL EVENT
Suggestion
Family Fun Friends Kids Show
Audience
Family Friendly
Presenter
Marcus Center