Dorothy Clarke Wilson Peace Writing Prize 2020

The topic for the 2019 Dorothy Clarke Wilson Peace Writing Prize has been announced by The Wilson Center. Applicants can be any current University of Maine student.

Applicants are asked to reflect on the following excerpt from “Where Do We Go From Here?” as published in Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? By Martin Luther King, Jr. (1967), p. 62.

 

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,

begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.

Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.

Through violence you may murder the liar,

but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.

Through violence you may murder the hater,

but you do not murder hate.

In fact, violence merely increases hate.

So it goes.

Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,

adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness:

only light can do that.    

Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Excerpt from “Where Do We Go From Here?” as published in Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

By Martin Luther King, Jr. (1967), p. 62.

 

More information about the Peace Writing Prize, writing instructions, and the full application can be found below.

 

Submissions are now closed, look for information on our winner for 2020 coming soon!

 

The winner will have the honor of reading their essay at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast on January 20th, 2020.

View last year’s topic and winners here.