MLK Visual Arts and Essay Contest Winners


Bristol Community College celebrated NEW Martin Luther King, Jr. Visual Arts Challenge and Essay Contest Winners at community breakfast on February 3, 2019

Bristol Community College’s annual breakfast on Sunday, February 3, 2019, honored the life and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the Bristol Fall River campus. The inspiring event featured a buffet breakfast, musical selections and keynote speaker Superintendent of New Bedford Public Schools Thomas Anderson.

The breakfast included the presentation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay contest winners submitted by Bristol students and the NEW Martin Luther King, Jr. Visual Arts Challenge chosen from participants at area high schools.

This year, the college decided to gain new perspective into how young people interpret the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by launching the new Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visual Arts Challenge, specifically for regional high school students. The college put out a call to action, to our area high school students, seeking digitalized visual art submissions that demonstrate the spirit of Dr. King’s passionate speech at the 1959 Youth March in Washington D.C.

Participants in the challenge were invited to create an original work of visual art that captured the passion and spirit of the Youth March while envisioning the role of today’s youth in continuing Dr. King’s message of inclusion and diversity. The committee received more than 80 submissions, including digital and traditional illustrations, paintings and photography. 

At the event, the college recognized 10 artists, made up of seven honorable mentions, third, second and first-place winners. The first place winner received $150 gift card and free 3-credit course award at Bristol, the second place winner received a $100 gift card and the third place winner received a $75 gift card.

Recipients: Award Winners

2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast Visual Arts Challenge


You can view the Visual Arts Challenge Honorable Mention recipients here.

The event also celebrated the award winning recipients of Bristol’s annual 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast Essay Competition. To honor Dr. King’s historic March on Washington in August 1963, the Board of Trustees at Bristol Community College created an essay competition.

The competition invited Bristol Community College students to write about the meaning of Dr. King’s dreams and ideals. The college faculty and staff committee took on the challenging task of choosing the winning entries.

2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast Essay Competition Award Recipients

Third Place: Robert Chase
Second Place: Yanina Correa 
First Place: Daniel Candeias - Read Daniel's Essay Here

Bristol Offers Free MLK Course


Bristol Community College will offer a FREE, one-credit course, The Readings of Martin Luther King, Jr, (HST 162 16 CRN 10361) on Mondays, from 6:30-9 p.m., beginning March 25, 2019, until May 16, 2019, at the Bristol Fall River campus, 777 Elsbree Street. This course is FREE and open to the public.

In this course, participants will read and hear some of Dr. King’s works in order to gain a better understanding of both the man, his effect on this country and world history.

During the little more than ten years when Dr. King was in the center of the struggle for equal rights in this country, he gave numerous speeches and sermons, many of which have been preserved both in written form, as well as in recordings. In addition, he penned five books and gave many transcribed interviews. A review of such works provides a glimpse into the thinking of this great man and helps us to better understand what motivated him to devote his life to the movement for positive change. The works also reflect the evolution of King’s thinking and actions as he drew upon his prior learning, as well as his experiences.

This engaging course offering coincides with the college’s free annual breakfast to honor the life and ideals of Dr. King on February 3, 2019, at 8:30 a.m., at the Bristol Fall River campus. The event will feature Superintendent of New Bedford Public Schools Thomas Anderson as the keynote speaker and the presentation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay contest winners chosen from contest participants from Bristol Community College and the NEW Martin Luther King, Jr. Visual Arts Challenge chosen from participants at area high schools.