While business offices will be closed and classes cancelled in observance of the day, the university will host the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards
The event is free and open to the public.
The awards are open to all high school and college students in the Pittsburgh area and any remote CMU locations. The program seeks personal narratives dealing with individual experience of racial or cultural difference or personal reflections on Dr. King's legacy that rely on concrete detail. The top three winners receive cash prizes.
About the Event:
Jim Daniels, Thomas Stockham Baker University Professor of English, established the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards in 1999. The program builds on Daniels’ commitment to writing about race. He edited Letters to America: Contemporary American Poetry on Race. In 2001, the event expanded to include a separate category for Carnegie Mellon students, working on the premise that the voices of college students, and their varying experiences, could and should interact with the young voices from the Pittsburgh community.