MLK Youth Art & Essay Contest

Every year, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, EmpowerMT in partnership with the Missoulian and the Missoula MLK Day Celebration Committee, hosts a Youth Art & Essay Contest for youth across Western Montana to create art that celebrates Dr. King’s legacy. EmpowerMT’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) chooses powerful quotes from Dr. King that serve as prompts for participants. YAC also selects winning art and essays that are judged in age categories based on school grade (K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th). For MLK Day 2021, the quotes selected for the Youth Art & Essay Contest are:

“And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? … It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.”

“The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.”

Submit your Art or Essay online HERE!

Past Year’s Winners of the Art & Essay Contest