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YWCA Announces Project on Racism Essay Contest

August 25, 2015

In a year when racial turmoil has boiled over in several U.S. cities, the YWCA Wheeling is proud to continue its important mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all by sponsoring its annual Project on Racism Essay Contest.

Also known as the Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest, the contest gives West Virginia schoolchildren in grades 1-12 the challenge of writing an essay one a chosen theme that honors the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The 2016 Project on Racism Essay Contest will be based on the following quote from Kings A Realistic Look at the Question of Progress in the Area of Race Relations, delivered on April 10, 1957 at a St. Louis Freedom Rally:

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No matter what, we suffer. I know its really hard when we think of the tragic midnight of injustice and oppression that weve had to live under so many years, but let us not become bitter. Let us never indulge in hate campaigns, for we cant solve the problem like that. Somebody must have sense in this world. And to hate for hate does nothing but intensify the existence of hate in the universe.

The contest is divided into three age categories, grades 1-4, grades 5-8 and grades 9-12, with each category being asked to address different questions keeping Kings quote in mind. The entry deadline is Friday, Oct. 23.

Winners will be selected according to the following criteria: grammar, originality, relevance to theme and effective expression. Winners will be announced at the beginning of December.

For more information, call Rita Gupta at the YWCA Wheeling, 304-232-0511 or email



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