Each year, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools partners with the MLK Citywide Committee in the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. CMS has been taking part in the national celebration for more than 18 years.
Students from grades K-12 are encouraged to participate in their school-based MLK Art and Writing Contest focusing on a common theme. The 2010-11 theme is “Seeding Freedom: Caring the Dream to Affect the World.” Schools select the top two student works in art and writing to submit for judging at the district level. In past years over 70 percent of schools from across CMS participated at the district level, submitting over 400 K-12 entries. Outside judges with expertise in each of the areas are used to select the winning works at each level. There is a first place, second place, third place and two honorable mentions awarded for both writing and art.
CMS has worked hard over the past 18 years to partner with the City of Charlotte to honor the legacy of Dr. King. The district hosts a yearly student awards celebration. The art and writing winners participate in the MLK parade in Charlotte. In addition, CMS partners with other organizations to display the winning works for public viewing. The students’ work has been housed for viewing with the Afro-American Cultural Center and the Harvey B. Gantt Center. The students’ work is also displayed for a period of time at ImaginOn and within CMS.
2010 MLK Art Winners.pdf
2010 MLK Writing Winners.pdf