STREETSBORO, OH (WOIO) - The contest solicited entries from students in grades 6-12 in the areas of writing, art, or multi-media. The purpose of this contest was to encourage students to reflect upon Dr. King's life and the impact of his work during the Civil Rights Movement and in present day America.
It challenged students to think about how civil rights and diversity affected their lives and how they could continue the work of Dr. King by making a difference in their own communities.
A link to this video can be found at: http://youtu.be/ac08m58jatw
KeShun will be accepting his award at a special ceremony and reception in Columbus on Thursday, February 27 at the offices of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. His family, friends, and school sponsor will be there to watch him accept this honor.
The theme for the 2014 contest was "The Drum Major Instinct." Dr. King often used the phrase "drum major instinct" meaning the instinct to be a leader. In his sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, on February 4, 1968 he said: "If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice, say that I was a drum major for peace, say that I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter...I just want to leave a committed life behind."
A paraphrased version of this quote is inscribed on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The contest entries had to address the issue of how Dr. King's speech encouraged students to embrace their positive thoughts by transforming those thoughts into positive action.
For the 2013 contest, students were to respond to the following question: How would you serve as a drum major for peace, justice & righteousness in your school? Community?