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MLK Art & Writing Contest

To commemorate the life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., University of Idaho undergraduates, graduates and professional students enrolled for the spring semester are invited to write an essay or create an artistic piece in the medium of their choice in response to a prompt about equality and social, racial and ethnic justice.

Sixth Annual MLK Art and Essay Contest Winners

"The curse of poverty has no justification in our age…The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, indirect and immediate abolition of poverty…The solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by…the guaranteed national income.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Graduate Writing

Undergraduate Writing


  • Winner: Candace Sorenson for “The Restraints of Poverty”
  • Honorable Mention: Lexy Jones for “Fight Against Poverty”

Past Art and Essay Contest Winners

Undergraduate Writing

  • 1st prize:  Izaiah Dolezal for his essay "Building a Resilient Community: from 'Me' to 'We'"
  • Honorable Mention: Emily Wesseling for her poem "Somewhere"
  • Honorable Mention: Ayomipo Kayode-Popoola for her poem "Color of My Soul"

Graduate Writing

  • 1st Prize:  Courtney Cooper for her essay "The Value of Relationship in Resilient Water Futures"
  • Honorable Mention:  Alex Sosa for his essay "Together We are Bound, Together We Are Resilient"


  • 1st Prize:  Megan Cosdon for her piece "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"
  • Honorable Mention: Alayne Chipman for "Fires of Opposition"
  • Honorable Mention:  Riley Hilel for "Slain by Sniper" 

Undergraduate Essay

  • Winner: Cruz Rodriguez
  • Honorable Mention: Danny Bugingo

Graduate Essay

  • Co-winner: Alexander Sosa
  • Co-winner: Ashley McDermott


  • Winner: Stacy Miller


  • Co-winner: Geoffrey Dasher
  • Co-winner: Keegan Lawler
  • Honorable Mention: Kelli Fry

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