This piece was the runner-up of writing submitted for the Writing Center's MLK Day writing contest. Submissions responded to the following prompt:
Coretta Scott King addressed the class of 1968 at Harvard University’s commencement just weeks after her husband was assassinated. Please read the entire speech (it’s brief and easy-to-read) @ https://harvardmagazine.com/2011/05/coretta-scott-king-urges-students-to-speak-out-with-righteous-indignation.
In her speech, Coretta Scott King challenged the graduates by saying, “In this period of social, political, economic and religious transformation, not one of us can be spared the luxury of withdrawing from the arena of action. As members of the family of mankind we have an inherent moral responsibility to become participants in the greatest creative venture in the history of our world: that of remaking, reshaping, yes, restructuring our whole world order.”
In 500 words or less, write a poem, short piece of fiction, or essay addressing one social, political, economic, or religious aspect of our present national situation that you would use your imagination and creativity to change.
- What would you remake, reshape, or restructure about a related situation in the Taylor University community and why?
- Related to that question is this one: If, as Coretta Scott King also stated in that same speech, “The world is in dire need of a spiritual awakening which will make those eternal values of love, justice, mercy and peace meaningful in our time,” how can you work toward such a spiritual awakening on our campus?
- Similarly, what would you remake, reshape, or restructure about a related situation locally in Upland, Gas City, Marion, or Muncie—or in your hometown through your church(es) there? And why?
The author, Mica-Abigail Evans, provided the following abstract about her piece:
I was asked to address a social issue of the nation that I would like to change. I spoke on the perspectives of the privileged and how stereotypes and perspectives made by white people can affect those who are oppressed (like black people in America) even if the stereotypes and perspectives and subconscious and not verbally/physically shown.
Evans, Mica-Abigail, "Writing Contest (Runner-up Piece)" (2020). Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 5.