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‘Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competion’

The National Bar Association has announced its 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition. The National Bar Association has announced its 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition. In its 11th year, the competition provides an opportunity for high school seniors to earn scholarships for college. MetLife is the Platinum sponsor of the program for the second consecutive year.

High school seniors from Tennessee are invited to submit an essay for the 2011 competition. In no more than 1000 words, students should address the following issue: President Barack Obama challenged states to identify high schools with graduation rates below 60 percent and implement programs to increase the rates. If Dr. King were alive today, what new solution(s) and new program(s) should he recommend that your state implement and the Obama Administration fund? Specifically explain why the proposed new solutions and programs should be adopted.

Students should register for the competition through www.nationalbar.org/meetings/mlk.shtml. Top winners of local competitions will advance to the regional contest. The first place winner of the regional competition will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a three-day, two-night trip to Baltimore, Md. for the national competition. Airfare and hotel costs will be covered for the student and one adult chaperone. National competition winners will receive more than $5,000 in scholarships. All national prizes are one-time scholarships.

Sponsored by the National Bar Association and supported by the National Bar Institute, the competition is an annual advocacy program designed to motivate students of color to excel in education. The contest encourages high school seniors to express their views on a pre-selected topic, and judges the students on their ability to communicate orally and in writing. It also provides young people with experience in public speaking.

“The NBA is so pleased to continue its tradition of inspiring young Americans towards careers in the law and recognizing tomorrow’s leaders,” said J. Robert Carr, executive director of the National Bar Association. “We also look forward to partnering with MetLife again this year to help families understand and plan for the rising costs of college.”

Laurel Daring, assistant vice president of Marketing at MetLife added, “MetLife recognizes the importance role education plays in helping families build financial freedom. That’s why we’re proud to once again serve as the Platinum Sponsor of this competition, which touches the lives of hundreds of talented young people.”

To be eligible, students must have applied to a college or university for the 2011-12 school year. The winners of the regional competitions will advance to the national competition to be held on August 2  in Baltimore.

(For information, visit www.nationalbar.org/meetings/mlk.shtml.)

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