MLK Day Poetry Contest

 Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin Quezada today launch the 2017 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Poem/Video contest. This year’s theme is Challenging Yourself & Those Around You and asks Yonkers students to reflect on what they can do for themselves and their peers to reach their full potential. 

“Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message, ideals and beliefs are as prominent today as it was since the days of some of the greatest movements for equality and social change. The very fundamental beliefs that every man and woman despite their differences are all capable of greatness is a true testament to what Dr. King preached, it just takes someone or something to uncover that untapped potential,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “I’m excited to see the amazing poetry and videos that will be on display by our students as they express their views on Dr. King’s message through the different platforms.”

Mayor Spano will select three poems from grades 1-2; 3-4; 5-6 and two videos from grades 7-8 and 9-12. Winning poems and videos will be displayed at City Hall and online for Yonkers residents to enjoy. Winners will be presented a certificate from Mayor Spano and also will be asked to present their work at the City’s Annual Black History Month Celebration at City Hall on Tuesday, February 9, 2017 at 5:30 pm.

“The magnificent work of Dr. King is as important and relevant today as it was so many years ago,” said Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Schools.  “Our children need to learn about and emulate Dr. King’s courage and dreams; and we must encourage them to become an upstander and not a bystander.  This contest is one more opportunity for our children to learn about and embrace the wisdom of exceptional leaders.  I encourage our students to participate and I look forward to hearing and seeing the winners’ interpretations.”

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Poem Contest is open to all primary and secondary Yonkers students; only one poem/video may be submitted per student. Guidelines and specifications for the contest can be found at www.yonkersny.gov/mlk. Poem and video submissions are due January 20, 2016 and may be emailed to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , dropped off to the Mayor’s Office  or by mail to MLK, Jr. Poem Contest, Mayor’s Office, City Hall, 2nd Floor, 40 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701. Winners will be notified on January 27.


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