Fall Creek Elementary School conducted a Martin Luther King, Jr. essay writing contest for February for Black History Month. F
irst through third graders were asked to write a letter to Dr. King as though he were alive today. Madelyn Holleman in Mrs. Andrews’ second grade class was the winner in that category. Fourth through sixth graders were asked to write about Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence and whether they thought it was affective in the struggle for civil rights.
Christi Hobson in Mr. Holleman’s sixth grade class was the winner in her category. The contest was coordinated by Ann Eddens, the school librarian.
Madelyn Holleman’s essay:
Dear Dr. King,
Thank you for helping to get our law changed. The law that you helped change was the law that said that blacks and whites could not come together as equals. You led peaceful protests instead of violent ones. Even though you got treated terribly and arrested many times, you did not give up. You fought for your rights. I am thankful for what you did because I have all different kinds of friends. Without you and your wife, Coretta Scott King, I probably wouldn’t be able to play with so many different kinds of friends. You are a wonderful man.
Christi Hobson’s essay:
Martin Luther King always said that the best way to fight hatred was with nonviolence. He led many successful protests. One of them was the famous Montgomery Bus Boycott. African Americans wouldn’t ride buses and walked everywhere for over a year! Today, that would be like not ever using your car!
Another example of nonviolent protest was to march with protest signs. But sometimes the police officers would beat the protestors with sticks and set the dogs on them! But they had to stay strong.
Some African Americans took part in sit-ins. That means they would sit peacefully in “white only” restaurants. The angry white customers would dump food on them such as sugar and salt. Many of the blacks got arrested. But they retained their hope and didn’t give up.
And last, but not least, there was the “I Have a Dream” speech. Thousands of spectators viewed this historical event. All of these brave acts combined gave freedom to the African Americans.
Martin Luther King always said that the best way to fight hatred was with nonviolence. I think we can all agree that he was right. The African Americans stood tall and gained respect.