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The Legacy Continues

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. devoted his life to winning equal rights for all Americans. In 1968, his struggle for human dignity brought him to Memphis, Tenn., where he spoke out on behalf of the city’s exploited sanitation workers, members of AFSCME Local 1733. This was to be his last campaign: While in Memphis an assassin took his life.

AFSCME is honoring Dr. King’s life by conveying his message to a new generation of Americans. We invite the children of AFSCME members in good standing to submit entries to the AFSCME Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Poster and Essay Contest.

The Theme

In one of his final speeches, Dr. King told struggling AFSCME sanitation workers: "Whenever you are engaged in work that serves humanity, and is for the benefit of humanity, it has dignity and it has worth."

The Poster Contest

Children of AFSCME members in good standing age 12 and under are invited to submit a poster in any medium no larger than 11'' by 17'' illustrating the contest theme. All submissions become the property of AFSCME and will not be returned.

The first-place winner of the poster contest will receive $500 and have the poster printed in the AFSCME Leader newsletter; second prize, $250; third prize, $125.

The Essay Contest

Children of AFSCME members in good standing age 13 and older are invited to submit a 750-word essay devoted to the contest theme. All submissions become the property of AFSCME and will not be returned.

The first-place winner of the essay contest will receive $1,000 and a trip for two to the AFSCME International Convention in Hawaii in late August to present the essay; second prize, $500; third prize, $250.

Deadline

All entries must be postmarked no later than April 18, 1998. Winners will be notified by June 1, 1998.

Entrants must include their name, address, telephone number, AFSCME parent’s name and his/her AFSCME local number on the top of their essay or the back of their poster.

Send submissions to:

AFSCME Contests
Public Affairs Department
1625 L St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036-5687.

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