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Mpls City Council honors winners of the 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. essay contest


On Friday, January 27, in the City Hall council chamber, the Minneapolis City Council honored nine Minneapolis students who were chosen as winners of the 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest, sponsored each year by the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights and the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights. Eight-grade winners are Conlan Olson (Anthony Middle School), Kulle Basha (Anne Sullivan School) and Virginia Rendler (Anthony Middle School). Seventh-grade winners are Giselle Durand (Anthony Middle School), Emily Van Ryn (Anthony Middle School) and Fartun Hassan (Anne Sullivan School). Sixth-grade winners are Shukri Isse (Learning for Leadership), Naimo Hussein (Learning for Leadership) and Saabiriin Mohamed (Learning for Leadership)

Read the first-place winners’ essays below:
The right of children and families to adequate food sources

By Conlan Olson
Eighth-grade essay
contest winner
Anthony Middle School

Norman Borlaug, an American agronomist who was awarded the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for advancing farming productivity and thereby increasing the food supply in developing countries, once said, “…The first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind.”
Many people share his opinion that in a fair global society, every human should be provided with food if they cannot provide it for themselves. This especially applies to children in impoverished families. Continue Reading →

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