Citizens Bank hosted the 11th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest Awards Ceremony for students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.

The ceremony recognized 53 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade who wrote essays about Dr. King’s famous “I have a dream” speech, given in August 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The teacher with the most winning student entries also was recognized.

WINNERS—Six of the High School winners with Pam Wigley, Jeannine French, Mark Latterner, Scott Brown, Beth Lackner and Vince Sims. (Photo by J.L. Martello)

Citizens Bank created the essay contest to honor Dr. King’s efforts to promote peaceful interaction among people of different backgrounds at a time when racial inequality was widespread across the United States, the program has grown to include a partnership with the New Pittsburgh Courier, KISS-FM and WPXI-TV.

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