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The Indiana Pacers, in conjunction with Indiana Black Expo Inc. (IBE), have announced the 2007-08 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest. This marks the 12th year for the essay contest.

This year’s essay contest is based on a student’s answer to the question: “In 1965, Dr. King stood by President Lyndon B. Johnson as he signed the Voting Rights Act. Describe the expansion of voting rights in America since the 1960s. For the upcoming Presidential election, is it important to vote and why? Why do people take it so lightly?”

“The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest is something we have been proud to associate ourselves with the past 11 years,” said Pacers CEO and President Donnie Walsh. “The beliefs of Dr. King, in particular his messages against violence, are something we have tried to carry on, not only through our own community efforts, but through this program. This is a tremendous opportunity for students to participate and honor Dr. King.”

“More and more each year, we see that today’s youth have much to say about the state of our nation’s history and its impact on their lives today,” said Tanasha L. Anders, IBE interim president and CEO. “This is a unique opportunity for students to do their homework about this historical time period and have their voices heard.”

Winners of the 2007-08 Dr. King Essay Contest will be divided into two divisions: Division I for middle/junior high school students and Division II for high school students. The top three winners in each division will receive a U.S. savings bond and special recognition during the Indiana Pacers home game against the Sacramento Kings on Jan. 19, 2008.

The school with the most entries will receive 200 tickets to the Pacers’ game vs. Sacramento on Jan. 19. All essays must be postmarked by Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008.

The contest is part of the Pacers’ Read to Achieve Program presented by Chase, the U.S. consumer and commercial banking brand of JPMorgan Chase & Co.

For more information on the essay contest, contact Pacers Sports & Entertainment’s Community Relations Department at (317) 917-2500.

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