Essay competition set for Feb. 25

The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, the Wolverine Bar Association and the Association of Black Judges of Michigan will present the 20th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition at noon on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills.

Created in 1993, the intent was to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy as a civil rights leader and "Drum Major for Justice."

Every essay should address the key question: "If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., were alive today, what would his view be about the topic?"

This year's entrants will be asked how Dr. King would view the Occupy Movement and its opponents.

In 2000, the National Bar Association adopted the program. Now students from 12 NBA regions participate in the national competition, with Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee representing Region VI.

At the 1993 competition more than 100 essays were submitted. Since 1993, more than 1200 essays have been submitted. More than $100,000 in savings bonds and books have been awarded to more than 125 students.

The competition stresses critical thinking and effective advocacy about a contemporary issue. Eleventh and 12th graders Wayne and Oakland Counties are eligible to enter.

Published: Tue, Feb 21, 2012