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The Stillwater community and OSU join together Monday in a march to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK scholarship winners and art contest winners announced

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Following Monday’s march in celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., OSU continued its MLK celebration Tuesday with a virtual keynote address by history professor Dr. Brandy Thomas Wells and the announcement of the essay contest winners for the newly created Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. OSU Scholarship. 

The essay contest and scholarship winners are: 

1st place — Jada Lusk ($1,500)

2nd place — Shakeira Brown ($1,000)

3rd place — Caileb Booze ($500).

Dr. Leon McClinton, director of housing and residential life, thanked donors for their support and congratulated the winners and the other 66 essay contest participants, who were awarded $250 each. 

The winners of the Celebrating Black Lives Art Contest are: 

1st place — Shyanne Dickey for “Reigning Black Women Farmers” 

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2nd place — Brynn Garter for her “May 31st 1921” and “May 31st 2021” drawings.

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The winning pieces, which were chosen by committee, are slated to be displayed publicly in the Orange Wall Art Gallery in the Student Union basement for the second half of January.

The keynote address and announcement rebroadcast can be viewed at For a complete playlist of MLK videos from this week’s events, visit

The university’s MLK events wrap up with a showing of the movie “Selma” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 at The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts. The film portrays the movement to secure equal voting rights and the historic civil rights era march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

The showing, which is sponsored by the Ferguson College of Agriculture and the Residence Hall Association, will be simulcast inside the venue and on the adjacent plaza. To maintain social distance, tickets are required and can be accessed through the McKnight Center website. Use the promo code MLK2021 to reserve free seats.

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