The deadline for the The Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest, sponsored by the Citizen Tribune and the Diversity Task Force has been extended until end of day January 12.

There will be cash prizes of $200 in four categories which include K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.

This year’s prompt is simply What made Martin Luther King Jr. a hero? Who is your hero and why?

Go online to the Diversity Task Force’s website for full guidelines.

The contest is part of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast. This year’s breakfast will be held at First United Methodist Church and will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 17.

Breakfast will once again be provided by Little City Catering.

The guest speaker will be Sharon Bowers, Associate Chaplain for Emory & Henry University.

Bowers brings over 30 years of experience in full-time ministry and has a long-established history of being a champion of diversity.

She is the founder and CEO of Character Based Leadership Institute, Inc., an innovative leadership and personal development ministry helping Christians and others lead and live with character.

Bowers most recently served at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville as the Executive Director of the Wesley Foundation.

The Community Mass Choir will perform at the event as well as a ballet performance.

Tickets are $10 each or $100 for a table. Attendees will get a T-shirt with their ticket purchase.

For more information, contact Alexander at 423-277-2250.

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