Selma MLK
14th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Creative Expressions Competition

Developing New Relationships: Building a Community for Everyone

“The aftermath of nonviolence is the creation of the beloved community, so that when the battle is over, a new relationship comes into being between the oppressed and the oppressor.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Martin Luther King Jr.'s mission was making an inclusive community for everyone. His legacy is committed to continuing this mission. 

Elementary Guiding Questions

What did community mean for Martin Luther King Jr.?

What did this community look like?

What do you notice about your community that should change so that everyone is included?

What can you do to change your community into one that includes everyone?

Suggested texts for read alouds framing content and supporting the elementary writing prompt can be found here.

Secondary Guiding Questions

What did an inclusive community mean for Martin Luther King Jr.?

What do you notice about your community that prevents inclusivity?

What can you do to transform your current community into an inclusive one?


Please submit entries to:

Submission deadline: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

For more information contact Lila Moore at:

or at (217) 265-4705

The Creative Expressions Competition is hosted in conjunction with the:

2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Commemoration Committee