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12/2/2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission announces annual essay contest; December 20 deadline for submissions
STATE HOUSE – The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission, chaired by Rep. Raymond A. Hull (D-Dist. 6, Providence, North Providence) has announced the annual essay contest for the upcoming holiday event.

“Every year, this essay contest tends to be one of the most enjoyable aspects of our yearly celebration and the commission and event attendees truly look forward to what our state’s youth have to say regarding the legacy of Dr. King.  Although all of us have experienced the hardships of the past year, there is an opportunity to reflect upon and put into action the teachings of Dr. King during this time of uncertainty and change and I encourage all of our students to participate in this year’s contest,” said Representative Hull.

Four winners will be chosen (2 middle school students and 2 high school students) and each winner will receive a $100 prize.  The contest is open to all middle and high school students in Rhode Island.
High school students are asked to write a speech that identifies and explains their dream of a society that reflects the values and principles of Dr. King. 

Middle school students are asked to write a letter to Dr. King that expresses gratitude, seeks advice, and presents a possible solution to racial inequalities in our modern times.
The contest rules are as follows:
  • Entries must be from RI middle or high school students
  • Essays must be typed in the Microsoft Word format and limited to 500-750 (middle school) or 750-1000 words (high school)
  • Essays must include completed entry forms and be submitted individually as the original work of only one student
  • Essays and entry forms MUST be electronically submitted to
  • The Commission and the Providence Journal reserve the right to promote, publish, and/or distribute any or all entries.
The deadline for applicants is Monday, December 20 at 5 p.m. and more information and entry forms can be attained by emailing

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903