November 6, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest for Purdue and high school students

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Liberal Arts Diversity Advisory Committee is providing all Purdue students, as well as high school juniors and seniors, with an opportunity to respond to one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous quotes.

The College of Liberal Arts is sponsoring a Martin Luther King Jr. student essay contest. All Purdue students and high school juniors and seniors are welcome to participate.

Contest participants can write and submit a 750-1,000 word essay on the meaning of this quote: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” First-, second- and third-place contest winners will receive Amazon gift cards as prizes.

Throughout their essays, participants should work to answer the following questions:

* Does “anywhere” in this quote apply to all people, even those that are not in our community?

* How should we perceive justice for people who are not like us?

The window for essay submissions will be open from Nov. 20 to Dec. 1. Essays must be submitted through email to and students should write, “Liberal arts MLK essay contest,” in the subject line of their email submissions.   

For more information about the Martin Luther King Jr. student essay contest, contact Holly Tittle-Hudson, administrative assistant in the College of Liberal Arts, at

Writer: Olivia Crouse, 

Source: Holly Tittle-Hudson, 765-494-0919,

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