Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of SB, Essay and Poetry Contest Winners Featured

By Giving List Staff   |   February 12, 2021

The winners of the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of SB, Essay and Poetry Contest will be featured throughout February and into March. The poems were recorded for air on KCSB 91.9 FM and will be aired at 5 pm Tuesdays and Fridays for the next several weeks. Because KCSB FM is operating on automation (due to COVID), the timing could be off as much as 5-6 minutes on either side of the hour, meaning that day’s poem will air sometime between 4:55 pm and 5:05 pm (so keep listening!). Tonight’s poem will air again at the end of this schedule. Listen at 91.9 FM and 

The Schedule: 

2/9 – Ravi P

2/12 – Zoe R

2/16 – Kundai C

2/19 – Elena B

2/23 – Angel H

2/26 – Sarah D

3/2 – Sam K

3/5 – Ravi P

These poems will also air on KCSB 91.9 FM at other times through the months of February and March. KCSB listeners will appreciate listening to the powerful words and voices. Thank you to Toni and E Onja at the MLK Jr. SB Committee, and KCSB production director Sherry Zeng and program director Zeena Omar for making this project possible.


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MLK Essay & Poetry Contest

Programs of the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara (MLKSB) primarily focus on social justice issues, that promote positive relationships between diverse groups in our community. Every year the MLKSB hosts a children’s Essay and Poetry Awards Program, ages six to 18 in which students write about their thoughts and beliefs on the MLKSB theme for the year.

Donations help to pay for publicity, technical support, and minor scholarships for students. We feel that it’s very important that our kids know about our national heroes,” Isaac Garrett says. “And this Awards Program is a great way for them to do it.”


The mission of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara is to foster positive relationships between the many diverse groups in the Santa Barbara Community and the surrounding areas; to sponsor programs and events which exemplify the teachings of Dr. King; and to observe, and celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.
Phone: (805) 259-5782
President: E. Onja Brown Lawson

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I have always felt our nation owed a huge debt of gratitude to Martin Luther King Jr. with his commitment to nonviolence that guided us out of troubled times and a hurtful past. This extraordinary man gave our nation a chance to redeem itself and the soul of America. Every year I am so moved to participate in the annual celebration the local MLKSB chapter organizes with such care and beauty, inviting the whole community to share in his memory and legacy. A great man had a dream; thank you MLKSB for helping to keep the dream alive.
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