Staff Report

“The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand at times of challenge and controversy,” 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara is accepting holiday essay and poetry submissions until Nov. 16. This year’s theme is based on Dr. King’s comments about the importance of speaking up for our ideals. 

Entries should express your thoughts on this idea or any aspect of King’s life and legacy. 

Essay entries must be a single essay of 1,000 words or less. Poetry entries can be no more than two poems of fewer than 50 lines each. 

The writer’s name, age and parental or school contact information must appear at the end of the entry. 

Prizes will be awarded and each category will have three prize winners, with first place winners reading their essays and poems during Santa Barbara’s Martin Luther King Day weekend of events on Jan. 18, 2021. First prize is $125; second prize is $75 and third prize is $50. 

Entries must be mailed and received no later than Monday, Nov. 16, to Linda Ryles representing the Santa Ynez Valley and Lompoc area at 

The contest is being sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara and in conjunction with the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate Initiative. 

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