Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.” Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Save the Dates for the 2024 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration and Days of Service!
The MLK Holiday Commission, the Howard County Office of Human Rights & Equity, County Executive, Dr. Calvin Ball and community partners invite you to join us celebrating and honoring the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On Sunday, January 14, 2024 we're hosting a family-friendly, multi-cultural event that includes musical performances, dramatic presentations, a keynote address and recognition of the 2024 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Living the Dream” Award recipients and student oratory, essay and poster contest winners.
Monday, January 15, 2024, join us at the Harriet Tubman Cultural Center for a interactive Day of Service that includes an MLK tribute room, a Read-In with community members reading books about Dr. King and service activities for all ages!
SAVE THE DATES FOR THE MLK STUDENT CONTESTS!
Honor Dr. King's Legacy & Win Cash Prizes!
Elementary, Middle & High School Poster Contest: “Show how Howard County can be more welcoming to people of all backgrounds.”
High School & Middle School Essay Contest: Dr. King dedicated his life towards fighting for a better and more just society. Write about what makes your community great and how you’ve contributed towards its wellbeing.
High School & Middle School Oratory Contest: Share a story about a time where you fought for humanity or equal rights. How did it make you feel and why did you do it?
Entries must be received by October 18, 2023 at 5:00 PM EST
Via Email: [email protected]
Via Mail: Howard County Office of Human Rights & Equity
9820 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 237 Columbia, MD 21046
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For More Information: Call (410) 313-6430 Email: [email protected]
The Commission seeks nominations for its annual Living the Dream Award. This award recognizes individuals, students, and organizations that promote the teachings and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through community involvement and service. You may self nominate or nominate an individual, student or organization.
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Entries must be received by October 18, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST
Request an Application Via Email: [email protected]
For More Information: Call (410) 313-6430
Email: [email protected]
- 1st Place: Safa Ikram - Saint John's Lane Elementary
2nd Place: Tea Lucic - Guilford Elementary
3rd Place: Brooklyn Byrd - Guilford Elementary
- 1st Place: Raima Shah - Elkridge Landing Middle School
2nd Place: Jocara Knight, Jr. - Oakland Mills Middle School
3rd Place: Kristen Arthungal - Harper's Choice Middle School
Middle School Oratory Contest
1st Place: Khadijah Adebenro - Clarksville Middle School
High School Oratory Contest
1st Place: James Obasiolu - Atholton High School
2nd Place: Antonio Clay-Hardy - Wilde Lake High School
- 1st Place: Victoria Richardson - Glenelg Country School
2nd Place: Nicole Adesioye - Glenelg Country School
3rd Place: Osiris Griffin - River Hill High School
The Commission also sought nominations for its annual Living the Dream Award. This award recognizes individuals and organizations that promote the teachings and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through community involvement.
- Organizational Award - Success in Style
- Individual Award - Mae A. Beale
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission began its High School Food Drive Competition over three years ago with the objective of collecting non-perishable food and personal items (diapers, wipes, etc.) for the Howard County Food Bank. The annual Food Drive Competition values give young people the opportunity to honor King’s legacy through community service.
Since 2019, most of Howard County’s high schools have participated.
This year’s food drive competition began on December 6th and concluded on January 10th with Reservoir, Wilde Lake, River Hill, Glenelg, Howard, Centennial, and Atholton high schools participating. Together, the seven schools raised over 2,700 pounds of food for the local food bank.
This year’s winner, Atholton High School, raised 1,049 pounds of food.