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34th Anniversary Year

Founded by the late Congressman Major Owens, the Commission's mission is to promote critical thinking about social justice through examinations of the life and work of Dr. King.

To promote critical thinking about social justice, every contribution of time and energy matters.  

We need principals and teachers (current and retired), activists, and people who love our youth.


Please volunteer!

The Commission has limited on-line contribution capability.  CLICK HERE to make an on-line donation through Guidestar.

You can also mail your contributions to our address listed below.  


If you know businesses or organizations who may be interested in our work, please contact us.

The Commission's Annual

MLK Essay, Poetry, Art Contest

The Commission sponsors an annual essay, poetry and art contest for Brooklyn's elementary, middle and high school students.


The contest asks participants to draw upon the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when addressing the challenges of today -- and to include their own perspectives in their work.


Winners receive public recognition and a cash award.  Most importantly, they have a priceless experience as part of their lives.  In its 33-year history, more than 10,000 students have participated in the Commission’s contests and other activities.  More than $200,000 in cash awards and prizes have been distributed to participating students


Critical thinking about the struggle to achieve social justice is critically important for the young people of today. 


There are thousands of potential participants in Brooklyn.  Help us reach all of them.

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