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Committee Seeks Nominations for Annual Human & Civil Rights Champion Awards

Essay and Creative Visual Poster Contest Also Available

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration Committee is accepting nominations for the 2021 Human & Civil Rights Champion Awards and submissions for the annual essay and creative visual arts poster contest.

The committee is led by Aiken Technical College (ATC) and the University of South Carolina Aiken (UofSC Aiken), the presenters of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration held annually in January.

The Human & Civil Rights Champion Awards recognizes a community member and students from ATC and UofSC who have demonstrated advocacy and support for diversity, equity, inclusion, and human rights.

Nominations are being accepted through Wednesday, November 18. Below are links to the nomination forms:

The essay and creative visual arts poster contest is open public, private, and homeschool students in Aiken County. The essay contest asks middle and high school students to answer the question, “What does it mean to you when Dr. King said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’?”

Essays for middle school students may be up to 1,000 words in length and up to 1,500 words in length for high school students.

The creative visual arts poster contest is open to students in kindergarten through fifth grades. Participants are asked to create a visual representation of what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day means to them. Submitted posters should be on paper no larger than 8.5”x11”.

The deadline to submit entries is Friday, December 4. Entries should be mailed to Ahmed Samaha, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway, Aiken, SC 29801. For more information, call (803) 641-3411 or email ahmeds@usca.edu.

Save the Date: The 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration will be held virtually on Sunday, January 24. The Human & Civil Rights Champion Award recipients and winners of the essay and creative visual arts poster contest will be recognized during the event. More details to be announced.

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