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MLK Art & Writing Contest

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2021 MLK Art and Writing Contest

To commemorate the life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., University of Idaho undergraduates, graduates and professional students enrolled for the 2021 spring semester at any U of I location are invited to create a written work or piece of art in ANY medium of their choice in response to the prompt below about equality and social, racial and ethnic justice.

8th Annual MLK Art and Writing Contest

Theme: "Justice too long delayed is justice denied."  - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter From a Birmingham Jail

“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct action campaign that was "well timed" in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word "Wait!" It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This "Wait" has almost always meant "Never." We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that "justice too long delayed is justice denied."

Graduate Writing

  • Winner: Akorede Seriki

Undergraduate Writing

  • Winner: Jose Maciel


  • Winner: Carlie Houn
  • Winner: Anna Young

Past Art and Essay Contest Winners

Graduate Writing

  • Winner: Naomie Pierre-Toussaint – Dear Diary

Undergraduate Writing

  • Winner: Emily Wesseling – Lessons

Graduate Art

  • Winner: Kelsey Grafton – In Light of Our Past

Undergraduate Art

  • Winner: Anna Young – King Leading the People

Graduate Writing

Undergraduate Writing


  • Winner: Candace Sorenson for “The Restraints of Poverty”
  • Honorable Mention: Lexy Jones for “Fight Against Poverty”

Undergraduate Writing

  • 1st prize:  Izaiah Dolezal for his essay "Building a Resilient Community: from 'Me' to 'We'"
  • Honorable Mention: Emily Wesseling for her poem "Somewhere"
  • Honorable Mention: Ayomipo Kayode-Popoola for her poem "Color of My Soul"

Graduate Writing

  • 1st Prize:  Courtney Cooper for her essay "The Value of Relationship in Resilient Water Futures"
  • Honorable Mention:  Alex Sosa for his essay "Together We are Bound, Together We Are Resilient"


  • 1st Prize:  Megan Cosdon for her piece "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"
  • Honorable Mention: Alayne Chipman for "Fires of Opposition"
  • Honorable Mention:  Riley Hilel for "Slain by Sniper" 

Undergraduate Essay

  • Winner: Cruz Rodriguez
  • Honorable Mention: Danny Bugingo

Graduate Essay

  • Co-winner: Alexander Sosa
  • Co-winner: Ashley McDermott


  • Winner: Stacy Miller


  • Co-winner: Geoffrey Dasher
  • Co-winner: Keegan Lawler
  • Honorable Mention: Kelli Fry

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Jan Johnson, Chair