LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Livingston Clergy Association had announced it is holding a new essay contest in conjunction with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, for all Livingston residents of high school age.

The Association will give a prize, to be presented in June 2015, in the amount of $250 to the entrant whose essay is chosen by the The Livingston Clergy Association Reading Committee as the winner.

An entrance form with complete rules is available at the Livingston Clergy Association, c/o Rev. Susan Gillespie, Trinity Covenant Church, 343 E. Cedar St., Livingston, NJ or via email at

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Students who enter must write an essay after having read or listened to the following three writings by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr:

1.     The Letter from the Birmingham Jail (1963)

2.     The “I Have a Dream” Speech from August 28, 1963

3.     “The World House” speech from December 11, 1964

The essay (3-5 pages, 12 pt. Times New Roman, double-spaced) must reflect on and respond to these writings, and must be the entrant’s original work. Judges will be interested not only in writing ability, good spelling and proofreading, etc., but especially in the writer’s engagement with the issues raised by Dr. King. 

Two copies of the essay must be mailed or delivered to the Contest Committee by midnight on Thursday, April 23. All entrants will be publicly acknowledged. The winner of the contest will be announced by May 15, 2015. For further instructions regarding writing and delivering the essay, see the registration form.

This contest is sponsored by the Interfaith Livingston Clergy Association. The impartial committee to judge the essays will be chosen by the Association, and its decisions are final. 

For more information regarding this essay contest, call Rev. Gillespie at 973-992-4044.