The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 27, 2012

MLK celebration planning under way

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Planning is under way for the 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration.

This year’s events will be 4 p.m. Jan. 20 in Convention Hall. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission is accepting Diversity Award nominations to recognize accomplishments by individuals, community organizations, businesses or nonprofit groups in the area. The awards will honor those who have promoted an appreciation for diversity, human rights and cultural understanding in Garfield County and the Enid community.

Nomination packets are available at the city of Enid administration building, Public Library of Enid and Garfield County or online at They are due by Jan. 7.

The poster and  essay contests are open to all students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. All posters must reflect this year’s theme: “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work.” Posters should be no larger than 18 by 24 inches and no smaller than 81⁄2 by 11 inches.

Essay submissions also should reflect the theme and not exceed 500 words. All entries must include the student’s full name, school, teacher or sponsor, and grade on the back. Entries are due by 2 p.m. Jan. 14 at the city administration building, CDBG Department.

Winning posters and essays will be displayed at the celebration, and posters and essays must be picked up at the celebration.

Sponsors are needed to assist with the costs involved in planning and holding the celebration. Cash donations are needed to be used as an honorarium for speakers and to purchase contest prizes. Prize donations — such as gift certificates, savings bonds and student-specific items — also are needed. All individuals or businesses that contribute will be recognized in the program and on PEGASYS, which will televise the celebration.

For information about the Diversity Award, poster and essay contests or to make a donation, call staff liaison Stephanie Carr at 616-7211 or email