MLK “Drum Major for Justice” College Scholarship Contest

High seniors are invited to participate in the National Bar Association’s 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy scholarship competition, supported in the Bay Area by the  Charles Houston Bar Association and Region IX of the National Bar Association. The National Bar Association (NBA) created this competition in 1999 to introduce high school students of color to oral and written advocacy and to provide an opportunity for them to compete for scholarships. To participate a student must currently be a senior in high school who will be accepted to an accredited two-year or four-year college or university by the spring of 2013. Throughout the country, affiliate chapters such as Charles Houston will hold local competitions to identify students who will advance to the Regional Competition, which will be held in Los Angeles the weekend of April 25-28. The first place winner of each regional competition will represent that region at the National Competition held during the NBA’s national convention in Miami, Florida in July. The Charles Houston Bar Association (CHBA) is an affiliate of the National Bar Association representing the interests of African American lawyers, judges and law students throughout Northern California. Founded in 1955, the bar association is committed to working within the African American community to facilitate access to the justice system and to promote equal protection under the law. National winners will receive: first place – $2,500; second place – $2,000; and third place – $1,500. Other contestants will receive a $500 scholarship. The local competition consists of two parts: an essay writing contest and an oral contest. This year’s essay topic is: “Trayvon Martin was killed walking to his home on February 26, 2012 by George Zimmerman, a Florida neighborhood watchman in a gated community. Some have justified Zimmerman’s actions based on the Florida Stand Your Ground Law. If Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive, would he advocate to repeal the Florida Stand Your Ground Law and other similar laws? Please discuss why or why not.” The deadline for submitting essays is Feb. 8. For more information contact vicepresident@charleshoustonbar.org or caongiri@gmail.com.
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