February 21, 2021
In February 2021, Mercy High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan, held its first Annual MLK Jr. Writing Contest in honor of Black History Month. Students were asked to respond to the essential question, “Where do you stand in times of challenge and controversy?” This question was inspired by Dr. King’s own words: “The ultimate measure of a [person] is not where [they] stand in moments of comfort and convenience but where [they] stand at times of challenge and controversy.” Two students were chosen as winners.
By Mya Williams, Class of 2021
It is an undeniable fact that Martin Luther King Jr. was a brilliant speaker, activist and minister. Most of all, he was a courageous leader. He stood up for what was right, even when all the odds were stacked against him and when things were grueling. As the quote explains, anyone can stand up for the right thing when it is easy and convenient, but what matters is standing up when it isn’t easy. In this quote, Dr. King is calling on us to be leaders and step up to the plate, even when the going gets tough.
I am truly passionate about social justice, diversity and inclusion, and political awareness. I’m a firm believer in actively participating in the change you want to see in the world. The American Civil Liberties Union is one tool that I have utilized. I had the amazing opportunity to attend their Summer Institute. I learned more about social justice issues and how to make a difference in my community. Learning about issues that I am passionate about is a huge step in the direction of creating change. One of my most fulfilling public service activities was serving as an intern for a leader in my community. I interned for a candidate running for Canton Township Supervisor. I did phone banking and also delivered campaign literature. During the primaries and presidential debates, I noted each candidate, their stance on important issues and listed comments I agreed and disagreed with.Read More