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MLK Day contest winners to receive prizes at Jan. 20 observance

A record number of students from Princeton area schools submitted entries in the annual essay and poster contests sponsored by Princeton University in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day .

Prizes will be presented at a ceremony that begins at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, in Richardson Auditorium of Alexander Hall on the campus. The featured speaker will be Eddie Glaude Jr., an associate professor of religion and a member of the committee that oversees Princeton's Program in African-American Studies. The program will be preceded by a half-hour concert, beginning at 1 p.m., by the CASYM Steel Orchestra, a group of students from New York that has performed at two previous Martin Luther King Jr. Day programs.

The winning posters -- and others -- will be on display during and after the program, which is open to the public and free of charge.

For the essay contest, students in grades 7-12 were invited to create a script for a 30-second radio spot that could be broadcast on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to remind listeners of the meaning of the day and to encourage them to do their part to increase understanding and improve relations among people of all races. Essays were submitted by 542 students -- the highest number ever -- from 17 schools.

Students in grades 4-6 were invited to create a billboard that could be installed along a major roadway for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Posters were submitted by 570 students -- also a record number -- from 19 schools.

The complete list of students is available in a news release . The Jan. 20 event will be Webcast live.

Contact: Ruth Stevens (609) 258-3601

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