Project on Racism Essay


Dear West Virginia Educator,

YWCA Wheeling is proud to announce the 2015 Project on Racism Essay Contest, also known as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest.  The Project on Racism Essay Contest honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., while encouraging students’ creativity through essay writing.   The YWCA Wheeling is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.


The 2015 Project on Racism Essay Contest will be based on the following quote from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech delivered on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.:


In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds.  Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.  We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.


Students are invited to submit their entries between September 29 – October 24, 2014.  We hope you will consider incorporating the essay contest into your fall curriculum.  Everyone who participates is a winner!



RACISM-Essay Materials – fall 2014



                                                                                                                        Rita Gupta

                                                                                                                        Rita Gupta

                                                                                                                        CDCO Director