DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Scholarship Competition
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2013 MLK Competition Question
Trayvon Martin was killed walking to his home on February 26, 2012 by George Zimmerman, a Florida neighborhood watchman in a gated community. Some have justified Zimmerman's actions based on the Florida Stand Your Ground Law.
If Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive would he advocate to repeal the Florida Stand Your Ground Law and other similar laws?
Please discuss why or why not.
February 28, 2013 *
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July 31, 2013 in Miami, Florida
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition is a contest designed to motivate high school students to excel in education. The Competition encourages students to express their views on a pre-
The National Bar Association’s (“NBA”) first annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition was held at its 75th Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., in 2000. As a result of the overwhelming success of the Competition, the NBA, with the support of the National Bar Institute (“NBI”), adopted it as a national program.
The topics of the Competition are always considered from the point of view of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and have included:
· Law enforcement treatment of persons of Arab descent and of the Muslim faith in terrorist investigations.
· The need for reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
· Recommendations for action on the 40th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Acts to address the continuing problem of voter disenfranshisement in minority communities.
· The treatment of juveniles in the criminal justice system.
The National Bar Association through the National Bar Institute has awarded approximately $188,000.00 in scholarships to thirty-
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