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Students: be part of the annual MLK Convocation with new essay contest

December 11, 2012


For many years the Beloit College Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation has brought together members of the Beloit College community and the Beloit community as a whole to honor and embrace Dr. King’s life, legacy, and dream for our country and the world.

This year, the one-day event has expanded to a week of events that include installations, performances and even a gospel choir concert. And the traditional convocation event is also growing, with the addition of community speakers and the introduction of the first annual Martin Luther King Jr. Speech Contest.

The winning essayist will have the opportunity to deliver his or her address at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation taking place Monday, Jan. 21 from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. in Eaton Chapel.

Essays entered in the contest should focus on the theme of the significance of Dr. King’s words, actions, and sacrifices—then and now.

The contest winners will be awarded as follows:

  • First place – $500 and the honor of delivering the winning speech to attending members of Beloit College and the Beloit community
  • Second Place $300 and recognition at the MLK Convocation
  • Third Place – $200 and recognition at the MLK Convocation

For further information and guidelines contact Cecil Youngblood at

Submissions are due Thursday, Dec. 20, at 5 p.m. to