"One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal.  We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means."

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK - Dayton, Inc.


34th Annual Dr. Margaret Peters

Dr. Rev Martin Luther King Jr.

Youth Art, Poetry, Prose Contest & Scholarship

Select one of the quotes below to inspire a visual art work, poem, or prose. To explore the quotes' meanings and possibilities, consider some of the following questions:


What do you think Dr. King meant by this quote? What does this quote mean to you?

How does this relate to your community or the world today?

How can you show this through a metaphor or other figurative language?

Dream, explore, and craft! We look forward to your entries.




“No one is free until we all are free.” –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


“The time is always right to do what is right.” –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


“As long as there is poverty in the world I can never be rich,

even if I have a billion dollars.” –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.

We have guided missiles and misguided men.” –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


“Education without morals is like a ship without a compass,

merely wandering nowhere.” –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care i

s the most shocking and inhumane.” –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


“Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


“Capitalism does not permit an even flow of economic resources. With this system, a small privileged few are rich beyond conscience, and almost all others are doomed to be poor at some level. That’s the way the system works. And since we know that the system will not change the rules, we are going to have to change the system.” –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Art, Poetry, Prose Submissions accepted

January 19, 2019 - February 28, 2019


Open to grades K-12 & Young Adults (ages 18-24) in Greater Dayton Area


Cash Prizes, Plaques, Certificates


Awards Ceremony - Saturday April 6, 2019 - All are welcome!


12-3PM – Paul Laurence Dunbar House - 219 N Paul Laurence Dunbar St.

Submission Guidelines


Each entry must be the student’s original work. Teachers/mentors may review entries for mechanical and grammatical errors.


Art submissions: drop off at Central State University Dayton

(840 Germantown St; 8am- 7pm M-F)

Matted art encouraged, no larger than 18x40

Contact: Kweku Larry Crowe at crowemidwest@gmail.com


Poetry submissions: www.tinyurl.com/poemMLK


Prose submissions: send to Yvonne Curry at ycurry@woh.rr.com

Times New Roman, 12 pt. font


Art/Poetry/Prose Judging Criteria:

1. Knowledge of Dr. King and the ongoing struggle for human rights

2. Originality

3. Creativity


WSU Scholarship: Applications accepted January 7, 2019- February 22, 2019

Contact: Charlotte Harris at charlotte.harris@wright.edu


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