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Essay contest added to MLK Jr. prayer breakfast in Crystal Lake

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An essay contest for middle school students honoring the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech has been added to the program of the 2014 MLK Prayer Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 20, according to the event co-chairs.

The theme of the essay contest, open to sixth- to eighth-graders students in Crystal Lake and the surrounding area, is "My dream for the world is ..."

Essays between 300-350 words are to be submitted to no later than Sunday, Dec. 15.

One winner will be awarded $50, plus two tickets to the 2014 FaithBridge-sponsored Martin Luther King breakfast. The winner will read the essay as part of the program.

The breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Jan. 20 at D'Andrea Banquets, 4419 Route 14, Crystal Lake. Tickets for the vegetarian buffet are $20 or $15 for students and are available from FaithBridge supporting organizations. Contact the Rev. Anne Muellemann at or (847) 516-1950 for information.

Plemon T. El-Amin, Imam Emeritus of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, one of the country's largest and most progressive mosques, is keynote speaker at this fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. 2014 Interfaith Prayer Breakfast.

FaithBridge is a consortium of faith-based communities in McHenry and Lake counties which seeks to promote mutual understanding and respectful relationships among diverse communities; to develop interfaith communication, understanding, cooperation, spiritual practice and action; to foster a network of community leaders; to create opportunities or learning, fellowship and dialogue; and to nurture a culture of justice, peace and healing.

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