Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr./Black History Month essay contest winners announced

BROOKINGS – The Brookings Human Rights Commission has announced the winners of its 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr./Black History Month Essay Contest.  Dr. King was a supporter of human rights and freedoms for all citizens.

The contest is designed for students to reflect on Dr. King’s ideas and the effect on our community through their contest entry. 

This year’s theme was from one of Dr. King’s quotes, “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,” or any topic relating to Black history.

The contest winners received their award recognition from Mayor Keith Corbett at the Brookings City Council meeting on March 9. 

The award ceremony can be viewed and essays can be read by visiting www.cityofbrookings-sd.gov/392/Dr-Martin-Luther-King-Jr-Day-Contest.

Essay – Middle School

• Kendis Sackreiter

First place – $100

Mickelson Middle School

• Shae Lefers

Second place – $75

Mickelson Middle School

• Alex Kidangathazhe

Third place – $50

Mickelson Middle School

Essay – High School

• Zoey Henderson

First place – $100

Brookings High School



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