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MLK State Commission seeks nominations for Citizenship Award

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By The Staff

The Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission is accepting nominations for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Citizenship Award.

“This award will be given to an individual who possesses the unique qualities of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Delquan Dorsey, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment. “Dr. King represented a true leader and crusader for American Civil Rights.”

Nominees should have demonstrated leadership and achievement to the principles of racial equality, interracial harmony, economic justice, participation in the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observances and dedications to Dr. King’s dream. The recipient of the award will be notified and the award will be presented at the Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Celebration on Jan. 15.

Only one nomination will be accepted per entry. Submission forms should include the name of the nominee, personal contact information, place of employment, and the name of the person making the nomination along with a one-page typed narrative of their qualifications.

Entries must be received in the Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment by close of business Oct. 31. For further information, contact the Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment at (502) 564-2611, Ext. 467.

In addition, the commission is sponsoring a visual art contest and an essay contest for K-12 students enrolled in a Kentucky school. The theme of both contests is “Moving Toward the Future Today, Embracing Change in a World of Difference.”

The theme offers students an opportunity to express how they see themselves as productive citizens in society. It also encourages students to promote their vision of how they see change in their community and in the world at large.

In the visual art contest, first, second and third place winners each will be selected for elementary, middle and high school students. Winners will receive a $500, $300 or $100 U.S. savings bonds respectively.

The essay contest will award savings bonds to first-, second- and third-place winners at the primary, intermediate, middle and high school levels.

Entries for both contests must be received in the Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment no later than close of business on Oct. 31. Students should mail or deliver entries to 700 Capitol Ave., Suite 138, Frankfort, Ky., 40601.

For more information on contest requirements and procedures, call (502) 564-2611, Ext. 467.