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MLK Holiday Art Contest to award $3000

Deadline for entries: 1 p.m., March 12, 2021

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan is set to award $3,000 through its annual art contest sponsored by Delta Dental and MSU Broad Art Lab. The 3rd Annual MLK Holiday Art Contest is open to adults from any geographic area and students, grades 6-12, attending school in the greater Lansing area. There is a $1,000 award for the winner in the adult category and $2,000 in scholarships for winning entries submitted by students. In addition, select submissions will be displayed at the MSU Broad Art Lab April 4-25.

The theme is “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”

“Our theme is a quote by Dr. King from his ‘I have a dream’ speech,” said Elaine Hardy, commission chair. “We selected it because it inspires perseverance against all obstacles to advancing racial equality. We’re looking forward to seeing how this inspiration is translated into visual art.”

Students will compete in two categories: grades 6-8 and 9-12. Group submissions are allowed for students in the same grade.

More information about the art contest is at mlkmidmichigan.com/scholarships.

Mid-Michigan MLK Day televised event features Dr. Bernice King

View the program online at https://mlkmidmichigan.com.

Download the digital program book at https://mlkmidmichigan.com.

The signature event of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan will provide inspiration as the nation heads into 2021 with hope for continued advancement in racial equality, says Elaine Hardy, commission chair. It will air Monday, Jan. 18, 7-8 p.m. EST on WILX TV 10-NBC.

Dr. Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, is the featured guest for the 2021 MLK Day of Celebration. The theme of the event is “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” It is an MLK quote from his “I have a dream” speech that the commission selected because it inspires perseverance.

“We’re looking forward to sharing our message of equality, diversity and social justice with a wide Mid-Michigan audience,” Hardy said. “We have taken great care to retain the quality of this annual event, now in its 36th year, and have benefited from the personal nature of television in featuring Dr. King in an interview situation.”

Due to the pandemic, the live, in-person annual event, usually two to three hours in length and held before 2,000-plus attendees, has been transformed for television.

Dr. Bernice King

Elements of the televised program are:

  • A conversation between Bernice King and Hardy, in which King explains her connection with Mid-Michigan and how she and her family would like to see the world celebrate MLK Day.
  • Performances by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Orchestra and Michigan violinist Rodney Page.
  • Messages from elected officials, including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, and Rep. Elissa Slotkin.
  • Special announcements from the commission and its sponsors

Having a virtual format provided the opportunity to feature Bernice King. She had been unable to participate previously because of traditional obligations with The King Center, of which she is CEO, in Atlanta on MLK Day.

The commission’s MLK Day of Celebration is a tribute to the inspiring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King. More information is at https://mlkmidmichigan.com or follow the commission on Facebook, @MLKCommOfMidMI.