CSM Diversity Institute Sponsoring Writing, Arts Contest

Dec. 8 Deadline for Entries, Winners to Participate at MLK Prayer Breakfast in January

The College of Southern Maryland’s Diversity Institute is sponsoring a “Creative Expressions” contest in partnership with the Charles County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The contest has a deadline of Dec. 8 and is open to CSM students and Charles County students in grades K-12 as well as home-schooled students.  

Participants are asked to connect the theme, “All for Justice and Equality” to the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. using artwork, essay, spoken word poetry or digital media works. Entries will be judged on creativity, thought-provoking content, relevance to theme, and spelling and grammar.

The contest was created to engage children and young adults in understanding Dr. King’s legacy as well as to add an educational component to the prayer breakfast, according to Associate Vice President of CSM’s Institutional Equity and Diversity Office Makeba L. Clay.

“We are interested in seeing how the participants will share their voices in response to the fact that America has made significant progress since Dr. King’s time, yet citizens still face many civil and human rights challenges today,” Clay said, adding that the contest will allow children and young adults to express their ideas on justice and equality.

“In today’s society, the voices of youth and young adults provide an insight that adults do not possess. This is why we believe it is important to hear from our young people. Injustice is happening in the world—and in our community—and this contest will provide a platform for their expression in a safe place,” Clay said.

Winners in each category will receive awards through the College of Southern Maryland Foundation. In addition to scholarship prizes, contest winners will be invited to the prayer breakfast and will be acknowledged during the program. The winning submissions will be published in the 2015 Charles County NAACP Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast Souvenir Journal and in the Maryland Independent.

For official rules and requirements, visit http://www.csmd.edu/DiversityInstitute/, or contact Clay at MClay@csmd.edu.

 

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CSM Creative Expressions Contest Deadline. Dec. 8. College of Southern Maryland. CSM’s Diversity Institute in partnership with the Charles County Branch of the NAACP is sponsoring a “Creative Expressions” contest open to CSM students and Charles County students in grades K-12 as well as homeschool students. Entries can be artwork, essay, spoken word poetry or digital media works and are judged on creativity and relevance to the theme, “All for Justice and Equality.” For information, visit http://www.csmd.edu/Diversity/ or contact Makeba Clay at MClay@csmd.edu.

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