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Limestone students asked to write King

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com∑ 340-2445

ATHENS — Athens and Limestone County students can impart their thoughts to slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Although King canít receive their letters, local NAACP members hope writing them will inspire students to think about todayís issues and remember the equality battles King fought.

The Limestone County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, County Commission and City Council are hosting the third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest.

This yearís theme is an open letter to King, where students write to him about todayís issues that they think would concern him.First-place winners will read their letters to the public at the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Jan. 15.

The overall winner will get a $1,000 savings bond.

Those interested in writing King can type or legibly write a one-page letter. There are three categories, ages 6-12, ages 13-15 and ages 16-18.

Deadline is Jan. 2.

Mail letters to the Limestone County Branch, NAACP, P.O. Box 1071, Athens, AL 35612 or drop them off at Mayor Dan Williamsí office at City Hall.

For more information, call Benard Simelton at 426-6406 or 216-5668.

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