By Michael K. Browne, Assistant Director – Complaint Investigations
The Minneapolis City Council will honor nine Minneapolis students who were chosen as winners of the 2012 Martin Luther King Essay Contest at the beginning of its January 27th City Council Meeting. The first-place winners will have an opportunity to read a part of their essay at the ceremony, and one of their essays will be sent to the State Human Rights Commission for inclusion in the statewide essay contest this March.
The Martin Luther King essay contest is sponsored each year by the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights and the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights. Three winners were chosen from the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.
The winners of the 2012 Martin Luther King Essay contest are:
1) Conlan Olson- Anthony Middle School
2) Kulle Basha- Anne Sullivan School
3) Virginia Rendler- Anthony Middle School
1) Giselle Durand- Anthony Middle School
2) Emily Van Ryn- Anthony Middle School
3) Fartun Hassan- Anne Sullivan School
1) Shukri Isse- Learning for Leadership
2) Naimo Hussein- Learning for Leadership
3) Saabiriin Mohamed- Learning for Leadership
The writing of these students gives us renewed confidence in the future. Their ideas affirm our historic commitment to justice and add bold new dimensions to the Civil Rights struggle.
— City Council Member Don Samuels, who chairs the City Council committee that oversees the City’s civil rights work
Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all the students who participated!