MLK Essay Contest Winner

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MLK Essay Contest Winner

Congratulations to Tu'ziah Hall, the winner of last month's MLK Jr. essay contest. Tu'ziah is an 8th grader at Walker-Jones Education Campus. Teens were prompted to reflect in 250-500 words on how they see the work and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. expressed in their community today. Great job to Tu'ziah and all the other entrants! Below is Tu'ziah's winning essay:

Martin Luther King Jr. was born January 11, 1929. He was the son of Martin Luther King Sr. and Alberta Williams King. He was the father of two daughters and two sons and the husband of Coretta Scott King. He left the world April 4, 1968, at 39 years of age.

Martin Luther King Jr. is gone but never forgotten because of the important things he did. He is a part of the reason why America is what it is today. Mr. King is known across the world for his pioneering efforts in the community, and who could ever forget the civil rights movement?

Mr. King encouraged community service and volunteering because he recognized the importance of helping others in a time of need. Volunteering is a worthwhile activity that allows individuals to create change and build strong bonds with their communities. The inspiration and dedication that was initiated during Mr. King’s time is still found in thousands of community-based volunteer programs such as The Boy and Girls Club of America and mentoring programs named after Martin Luther King Jr.

In my community, people come in to volunteer and help out with my Boys and Girls Club House #2. A perfect example is how the team moms get together and raise money for our Boys and Girls Club. They even spent time at the Redskins Stadium selling food. I look at the staff as role models inside the Club because they’re always doing positive things. They have activities involving all of the children, and it helps keep most of us out of trouble. They also have basketball teams for both girls and boys, football for the boys, and cheerleading for the girls. Most of us are on the team with the Boys and Girls Club, and we stay active with our teams because we love participating in the events and volunteering. The Boys and Girls Club has impacted the way I look at people today because I see how some people have to live on the streets. Now I give back to my community by volunteering to help people in need. I feel great when I do it because I know that I am doing something to give back to my community. When I volunteer, I also know that the wonderful people I serve are grateful and appreciative.

Programs like the Boys and Girls Club follow Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophy of volunteering, which he stated in 1968 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church: "Everybody can be great because everybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve...You don’t have to know about the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.” Just like Dear ole Martin Luther King Jr.

Today people try to follow in Mr. King’s footsteps and help people in need. His dream somehow came true. Now Blacks and Whites are able to attend school with one another. America has been through a lot, but with the help and determination of Martin Luther King Jr. and many others, the hard work was worth it all. Society today is a reflection of Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream, thanks to the many thought-provoking ideals he left us. In the closing of my essay, I note that it is up to us to get out in our communities and volunteer and encourage others to keep the dream alive.

By: Tu'ziah Hall