Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission

The Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission joins the YWCA Wheeling in extending an invitation to all school aged children in WV to participate in the YWCA “Project on Racism Essay Contest", formerly known as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest.  We are continuing the essay portion of the contest and welcoming our new elements: The Music/Song contest, & The Five Minute Film contest along with the essays.
The Project on Racism Contest still honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., while encouraging students’ creativity through essay writing, musical expression, and film.   The YWCA Wheeling is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.  Please download the printable form located at the top of the page for more details.
The 2022 Project on Racism Contest will be based on the following quote from Dr. King:

           “The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important.”  -Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr


We hope that you will consider incorporating our contest into your fall projects and curriculum.  Please feel free to contact me with any issues, concerns and or/questions.  Thank you in advance for your participation, patience and consideration.
Ron Scott, Jr., Program Director
Cultural Diversity and Community Outreach
Telephone:  (304) 232-0511   Fax:  (304) 232-0513


Click here => 2022 Project on Racism Contest Guidlines.pdf to download a printable copy.​


Contest Winners


Stand Against Racism – is a movement of the YWCA that aims to eliminate racism by raising awareness through its annual event which takes place the last Friday of each April. We address the root cause of racism and encourage conversations across diverse communities in the USA.