Deadline for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest, award nominees Nov. 15

November 10, 2011

Listings are accepted on a space-available basis. Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday prior to date of publication at the latest. To submit contest items, mail to Contests, Patuxent Publishing Co. Editorial, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278; email; fax 410-332-6336; or call 410-332-6497.

Howard County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Commission Annual Student Essay Contest — Students must be a Howard County resident and in either middle or high school. Essays must be typed, double-spaced and include a cover page with the student's name, address, telephone number, email address, school and grade. Middle school student essays should be between 500-750 words in length; high school student essays must be between 750-1,000-words. Essays will be judged on content, spelling and sentence structure. Students with disabilities may submit entries that address the essay question through use of other media (posters, pictures, etc.). Student essays must address the following essay question: In considering Dr. King's dream of equality for all, what does "Renewing the Dream" mean to you, and what can you do to "Renew the Dream" in your school and/or local community? Students must reference the following two passages from Dr. King's "I Have a Dream Speech" in their essay answer:

"Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to open doors of opportunity to all God's children."

"We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead… 'When will you be satisfied?' We can never be satisfied."

Mail to 2011 MLK Student Essay Contest, c/o Howard County Office of Human Rights, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 239, Columbia, MD 21046, or faxed to 410-313-6468. Deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 15. Gwen Hackney, 410-313-6467 or

Howard County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Commission "Living the Dream" Award Call for Nominees — To recognize an outstanding individual or organization that has promoted the teachings and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through community involvement in Howard County. Nominees must be either residents of Howard County or an organization located in the County; have demonstrated the life, work, teachings or legacy of Dr. King; promoted community involvement among all ethnic groups, regardless of social, economic or religious background; and be committed to non-violence and humanitarian services. Nominators must submit a typed narrative, 500 words or less, that describes why this individual or organization deserves to win the 2011 "Living the Dream" Award by answering the following questions: What type(s) of community participation has the nominee been involved with? What impact has the nominee had on the community? Describe the nominee's achievements and their significance. Additional information pertinent to this award, such as newspaper clippings, articles and other supporting information may be submitted as well. One additional letter of endorsement, which speaks of the recipient's community involvement, is also required. Nominations can be submitted from an individual or organization. Mail to Howard County Office of Human Rights, Attn: "Living the Dream" Award, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046, or faxed to 410-313-6468. Deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 15. Gwen Hackney, 410-313-6467 or

2012 Women's Hall of Fame Call for Nominees — Howard County Commission for Women is seeking nominations for outstanding women who have made significant contributions to Howard County, the State of Maryland or the nation through their profession and/or community service and who are models of achievement for tomorrow's female leaders. To be eligible for this award, nominees may be either living or deceased and must have lived in Howard County for at least 10 years. Deadline is Nov 18. Department of Citizen Services, 410-313-6400 or

Soroptimist International of Howard County Call for Applicants — Accepting applications for its Violet Richardson Award. Applicants should be 14-17-year-old girls who have performed noteworthy community service. Winner receives $300 and her selected charity $200. Applications due Dec. 1, to Eileen Singleton, 8321 Main St. P.M.B. 101, Ellicott City, MD 21043. Eileen Singleton, 410-461-5486 or

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