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Indiana Civil Rights Commission’s Executive Director Jamal L. Smith announced the start of the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art, Writing and Multimedia Contest.

The second annual contest asks Indiana high school students to use art, writing or multimedia to demonstrate what they can do to promote equality.

“Dr. King dreamed of living in a world more tolerant and inclusive than the one he lived in,” said Smith. “He strived daily to bring about change. What we are asking students to do is to think about ways they can personally promote equality in their community, neighborhood or school. Or, in essence, think like Dr. King.”

All Indiana high school students in grades 9-12 are eligible to submit an entry. One first place winner will be selected in each category, with an overall winner to receive a $500 college scholarship. In addition to the scholarship, the winning student will be asked to attend the 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Indiana Holiday Celebration at the Indiana Statehouse. At the program, the student will be honored with the Passing the Torch award from the governor.

“It’s a very competitive contest,” added Smith. “We received hundreds of viable entries throughout the state last year. We are expecting many more this year.”

The contest is sponsored by Indiana Black Expo Inc. and the Indianapolis Recorder. All entries must be received by Jan. 8, 2013. The 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Indiana Holiday Celebration is Jan. 17, 2013.

For more information about the contest visit: in.gov/mlkihc/2352.htm.

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