November 28, 2018 STU

Lassiter Award

A chance to win $500!

Student Essay Contest

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned a society in which war and violent oppression give way to hope and lasting peace. During this present time of racially motivated acts of hate as seen across news programs and papers, Dr. King’s vision is all the more significant in 2018 as it was in 1963.

The Rev. Dr. Valentino Lassiter not only shared Dr. King’s dream but also worked to make it a reality by generously serving the church and the wider Cleveland community, leading by word and example, through education, activism, and walking together with those in need.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s speech, Dr. Lassiter inaugurated the “Continuing the Dream” lecture series. Part I, in 2013, was entitled “Hope and Peace in Word and Song,” Part II, in 2014, highlighted “Women and the Ministry.” For Part III, in 2015, he planned to focus on the contributions and talents of young people who are continuing Dr. King’s dream of equality and harmony across racial, ethnic, and religious boundaries.

This essay contest provides the opportunity to celebrate students who are continuing the dream shared by the Rev. Drs. Lassiter and King of one nation united together in freedom and harmony, with each person being treated with justice and respect.