Annual MLK Jr. Commemorative Service and Youth/Young Adult Contest

The annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service will be Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m., via Zoom and YouTube Live. The Zoom link will be forthcoming. This year’s theme is “Infinite Hope: Honoring the Legacy – Advancing the Vision – Fulfilling the Dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” The Rev. Nelson Johnson, executive director of the Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, North Carolina, will be the keynote speaker.  

There will also be a youth/young adult art and essay contest (see details below). The prompt for the contest is Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that violence, injustice, and hate in our world must end. What can you do to stand up for peace, justice, and love in our world? The response may be one of the following:

  • An original essay (350 words or less)
  • An original picture/drawing
  • An original photograph
  • An original sculpture
  • An original painting
  • An original poem 

The contest is open to elementary, middle and high school students. Three cash prizes will be awarded in each category. 

The deadline for contest submissions is Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. Submit contest entries to Tina McLendon, Be certain to include the student’s full name and mailing address, age, grade, school name, church name and pastor’s name. 

Winners will be announced at the WNC Virtual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Service on Jan. 15. 

Contest sponsors: WNCC-Justice and Reconciliation Team (J&R), WNCC Commission on Religion and RACE (CORR) and WNCC Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR). For more information, contact the Rev. Tammy Ingram,