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Tuesday’s MLK Contest Will Teach Pasadena Students the Meaning of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

Published on Monday, January 13, 2020 | 5:53 am

The Pasadena Martin Luther King Community Coalition is holding its annual MLK Essay and Visual Arts Finalists’ Public Readings and Displays on Tuesday, January 14, 5 to 7 p.m. at Longfellow Elementary School, at 1065 E. Washington Blvd. in Pasadena.

The contest and the readings and art displays are preliminary events before the annual MLK Holiday celebration, which occurs on Monday, January 20, at Robinson Park.

In past years, as many as 300 Pasadena students have participated. Over 20,000 Pasadena area students have participated in the contest since its debut.

During this essay-reading and arts display event, the finalists in the annual MLK essay contest and the visual arts contests present their work to a live audience and the panel of judges.

While the audience makes their own predictions, the judges have the opportunity to hear the essays read by the contestants and view the submitted art entries.

On MLK Day, families, friends, community members, local and state political leaders will be in attendance as student finalists are given their awards. The winning essays and visual art work are also revealed at the celebration.

The MLK Community Coalition has sponsored the Martin Luther King Essay Contest for 28 years as a means to encourage students in the Pasadena Unified School District and local private schools to write essays addressing different aspects of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

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