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Posted on: January 29, 2021

PRESS RELEASE-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black History Month – Essay Contest

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The Brookings Human Rights Commission is sponsoring its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day contest for Brookings Middle and High School students with the additional topic of Black History Month. This contest is designed for students to reflect on Dr. King’s ideas and their effect on our community through their contest entry. However, any student may write on any aspect of Black History should they choose, designed so students can better envelop themselves into the greater history of America. 


  • Middle School and High School students can compete in this year’s essay contest. 
  • The theme is "There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” 


Detailed contest instructions are available on the Human Rights Commission Page on the City’s Website ( or by contacting the Human Resources Office, 520 3rd Street, Suite 230, at 697-8668 or by email at 


Winners will be presented with cash prizes by the Brookings City Council on March 9th, 2021. 


Entries must be submitted to or the City Human Resources Office on or before 4:00 p.m. on February 26, 2021. 


The mission of the Brookings Human Rights Commission (BHRC) is to improve human relations in the Brookings area by fighting discrimination through education and a complaint resolution procedure. The Commission seeks to protect the rights of and prevent and eliminate bias and discrimination against individuals or groups because of their sex, race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, disability, familial status, national origin, age, marital status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or political affiliation, with respect to employment, labor union membership, housing accommodations, property rights, education, public accommodations or public services. The Commission promotes educational activities to make Brookings an inclusive and welcoming community.



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