2012 Title: TBA
AWARD & ESSAY CONTEST CRITERIA
Deadline: All essays must be received by (TBA); 5:00p.m.
Eligible entrants must be students in good standing in their perspective High Schools
2 Senior Awards - $1000.00, payable to the students College/University/Trade School must provide proof of acceptance
2 Junior Awards - $500.00 Savings Bond
2 Sophomore Awards - $400.00 Savings Bond
2 Freshmen Awards - $200.00 Savings Bond
Essays must show an understanding of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s Six Principles of Non-Violence, which are outlined on the following pages:
- Freshman: must address two of the six principles (2 pages).
- Sophomores: must address three of the six principles (3pages).
- Juniors: must address four of the six principles (4 pages).
- Seniors: must address all six principles (5 6 pages).
- Ensure grammar and spelling accuracy
- Essays must be provided in an electronic version compatible with MICROSOFT WORD,
- Font: Times New Romans, Font Size: 12, 1.5 spaced, standard margins 1x1x1.
- All sources (resources used in compiling your essay) must be referenced, include an additional page, as needed (reference pages are not counted in the page requirements above).
- An Essay Award application must be attached to each essay (See Attached).
- Subject line of any e-mail Essay submissions should read: Essay Award Application - WAPC
SIX PRINCIPLES OF NONVIOLENCE
PRINCIPLE ONE: Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
- It is active nonviolent resistance to evil.
- It is aggressive spirituality, mentally and emotionally.
- It is always persuading the opponent of the righteousness of your cause.
- It is only passive in its non-aggression towards its enemy.
PRINCIPLE TWO: Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.
- The end result of nonviolence is redemption and reconciliation.
- The purpose on nonviolence is the creation of the Beloved Community.
PRINCIPLE THREE: Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice not people.
- Nonviolence recognized that evil doers are also victims and are not evil people.
- The nonviolent resister seeks to defeat evil not people.
PRINCIPLE FOUR: Nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform.
- Nonviolence accepts suffering without retaliation.
- Nonviolence accepts violence if necessary, but will never inflict it.
- Nonviolence willingly accepts the consequences of its acts.
- Unearned suffering is redemptive and has tremendous educational and transforming possibilities.
- Suffering has the power to convert the enemy when reason fails.
PRINCIPLE FIVE: Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.
- Nonviolence resists violence of the spirit as well as the body.
- Nonviolent love is spontaneous, unmotivated, unselfish and creative.
- Nonviolent love gives willingly knowing that the return might be hostility.
- Nonviolent love is active not passive.
- Nonviolent love is un-ending in its ability to forgive in order to restore community.
- Nonviolent love does not sink to the level of the hater.
- Love for the enemy is how we demonstrate love for ourselves.
- Love restores community and resists injustice.
- Nonviolence recognized the fact that all life is interrelated.
PRINCIPLE SIX: Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.
- The Nonviolent resister had deep faith that justice will eventually win.
- Nonviolence believes that God is a God of justice.
Online Registration Form & Essay Submission
Essay Award Application (PDF)