Sen. Murphy announces MLK essay contest

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced the launch of his Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Essay Challenge. Murphy has invited elementary, middle, and high school students from across the state to honor the King’s legacy by submitting essays that reflect on King’s dream and their own aspirations.

Murphy will Skype with or visit the schools of the selected essay challenge winners. Selected essays will also be displayed in the senator’s office in Washington, DC.

“Dr. King taught us that full equality doesn’t come without a fight. His leadership and passion united millions of Americans, and his legacy will live on forever because of it,” Murphy said in a press release. “I launched the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Essay Challenge this year because it’s clear, perhaps now more than ever before, that our work is not yet complete. I hope this challenge encourages young people all across Connecticut to commit to making Dr. King’s dream and the dreams of their own a reality.”

For this essay, students should reflect on what King’s dream was, and what he would think about his dream today. Students should further answer what their own dream is and how it relates to the work of Dr. King.

The contest is open to students in grades K to 12. Submissions should be from 500 to 1,000 words for high school students (grades 9 to 12), 300 to 500 for middle school students (grades 6 to 8), or 100 to 200 words for elementary school students (grades K to 5). Pictures are optional for elementary school submissions.

The deadline for submission is Jan. 16. Essays can be submitted electronically to Murphy’s staff at or mailed to Murphy’s Hartford office at 120 Huyshope Ave., Hartford, CT 06106.  

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