Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission

2018-19 Essay Contest:  

The Howard County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission will host the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on January 20, 2019 at Howard High School.A highlight of the celebration is the presentation of awards to our Howard County Middle and High School students essay contest winners.

County Executive Allan H. Kittleman has recognized the importance of this community event by making the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday committee a permanent County Commission.The MLK Holiday Commission encourages all eligible students to participate in this essay contest. The event theme this year is: “Our life begins to end the day we become silent about things that matter” and students are invited to write an essay describing the time when you spoke up for that which was right and tell us about their experience and how it relates to the teachings of Dr. MLK, Jr.

The deadline for submission is 5:00 PM December 7, 2018. The essays must be submitted by email in Word format. Judges will select the winners that best depict this year’s celebration theme and content. Students with disabilities may submit entries using other media; posters, pictures, video, etc. Awards and prizes are listed on the accompanying flyer.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission extends to all the participants their well wishes for sharing their ideas. They also applaud the teachers who, year after year incorporate this important event into teaching our young people about the principles that Dr. Martin Luther King lived and died for.

Thank you in advance for your sharing this material with your teaching staff, colleagues and community members and we look forward to receiving student entries from your school. Your active involvement and participation in this Howard County tradition – helps to make our annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr event a success in Howard County, MD.For additional information contact Farheen Sheik at 410313-6467 or email

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission

2018-2019 Living the Dream Award : 

The Howard County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission is seeking nominations for the Commission’s 2018-2019 "Living the Dream" Award. This annual Award recognizes both an individual and organization (community, civic, or religious) for promoting the teachings and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through community involvement. The award will be presented at the Commission’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at Howard High School; 8700 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043. Reception will begin at 2:00 pm followed by the program at 3:00 pm. The theme of this year’s Celebration is "

Award Criteria for both Individual and Organizational Nominations:

 Nominees must demonstrate teachings, work ethics, and legacy of Dr. King by promoting community involvement among all ethnic groups, regardless of social, economic or religious background, and be committed to no-violence and humanitarian services.

Each nomination must be submitted separately:

Describe in 500 words why this individual or organization deserves to win the 2018-2019 "Living the Dream" Award by answering the following questions in your narrative:

1. Describe the nominee’s involvement and type of community participation.

2. What impact has the nominee had on the community?

3. How has the nominee’s involvement improved or made the community better?

4. Describe the nominee’s measureable contributions and achievements.

Nomination Form Deadline:

Forms must be postmarked, hand-delivered, faxed or email by 5:00 pm on Friday, December 21, 2018.

Please mail to: Howard County Office of Human Rights, ATTN: MLK 2018 "Living the Dream" Award, 9820 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 237; Columbia, MD 21046, Fax to: 410-313-6468 or email:

The winner will be notified by Friday, January 11, 2019. For additional questions, contact the Office of Human Rights at 410-313-6467 or

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