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The Hon. Tahesha Way, Lt. Governor and Secretary of State

NJ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Announces 2023 Essay Contest Winners

Trenton, NJ - After reviewing submissions for almost 200 New Jersey high school seniors, the New Jersey Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission announced the 10 winners of ‘Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere’ 2023 Scholarship Essay Contest on May 31, 2023:

Sekna Bazzi Newark Science Park High School Barnard College of Columbia University
Albert Caesar Basking Ridge Ridge High School Princeton University
Spencer Jahng Livingston The Pingry School Boston College
Mirika Jambudi Edison The Pingry School Harvard University
Matthew Lee East Brunswick East Brunswick High School Columbia University
Jada Sampson Clark Academy for Performing Arts Stella Adler Conservatory
Kasai Sanchez Teaneck Teaneck High School William Paterson University
Amanda Thomas Rahway Union County Magnet High School University of Notre Dame
Devin Torres Mount Laurel Lenape High School University of Southern California
Jeffrey Xu Livingston Livingston High School Princeton University

“Our 2023 essay contest winners demonstrated a thoughtful understanding of how Dr. King’s fight against injustice was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent resistance movement that successfully ended almost a century of British colonial rule in India. I am thrilled to congratulate these young leaders and extend our wishes for their future success,” said NJ Secretary of State Tahesha Way.

“On behalf of the New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission, we extend our congratulations to our ten MLK Scholars who will be entering college in the fall,” Commission Chairman George Guy said. “Their essays about Dr. King’s legacy and his inspiration for their academic work and community service, has given all of us great hope for the future.”

The 2023 MLK Scholars will be awarded $5,000 scholarship for the university or college of their choice.

About the New Jersey Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission: Established by the Legislature, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission, based in the Department of State, develops, coordinates and advises the Governor on Statewide activities in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Further, it is the purpose of the Commission to create programs designed to educate the people of New Jersey about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.

Website: NJ Department of State - New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission


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