"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."  Dr. Martin Luther King

Essay Writing Contest

On August 23, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King gave his iconic "I Have A Dream" speech to a crowd of 250,000 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.  50 years later, the impact and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King is unwavering.  So, to honor this legacy, LeadershipWorks is hosting an essay writing contest for Memphis-area high school students.

Essay Topic:

What would Dr. Martin Luther King say if he were giving his "I Have A Dream" speech today?

Contest Details

Submission due date: January 15, 2018    Winners will be notified on or before February 2, 2018

  1. This contest is for current High School Juniors and Seniors in the Memphis-area.
  2. Each essay should start with “I have a dream….” From that point, it is up to the student to express his or her dream in no more than 1000 words.
  3. Upon submission, in one paragraph the student should describe the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and what his legacy means.
  4. Requirements for submitted essays:
    • Formatted as a PDF or Microsoft Word file
    • The student’s first and last name, school, grade, faculty sponsor name, and guardian info should be included at the beginning of the document.
  5. Upon submission, students will be required to provide the name, email, and phone number of a teacher or administrator in their school who will be their sponsor for this contest.
  6. All essays must be uploaded and submitted through the form below.
  7. A panel of judges including the president and vice-president of LeadershipWorks will review the essays and select the winners.
  8. Winners will be recognized at an upcoming event in February 2018.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out by contacting Holly Scarbrough at hollyscarbrough@loveworksmemphis.org

Winners Will Receive 

Essay submission due date: January 15, 2018   
Winners will be notified on or before February 2, 2018

1st Place

$1000 Scholarship &
Macbook Pro

2nd Place

$500 Scholarship

Participants accept all responsibility for late, lost, misdirected or illegible entries. There is no guarantee that submissions will be acknowledged or returned; In consideration for the opportunity to enter the "I Have A Dream" Essay Contests, participants agree to allow LeadershipWorks, Inc. to use their names, photographs and essays for promotional and publicity purposes. Previous winners are not eligible to receive subsequent prizes in future LeadershipWorks Essay Contests. By entering, participants agree to be bound by these rules and the decisions of the judges and LeadershipWorks, Inc. LeadershipWorks, Inc. may cancel the contest without notice at any time. The contest is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.