Congratulations to Senior Vivian Salvucci on being awarded "Best of School" for her piece "Liar" at the 20th Anniversary of the Carnegie Mellon University Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards. At the awards celebration on January 21, high school and university award recipients read from their personal narratives addressing individual experiences with racial difference and discrimination. The writing awards and celebration are sponsored by the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of English and the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion.
These awards are open to all high school and college students in the Pittsburgh area and any remote CMU locations. The award criteria seek personal narratives dealing with individual experience of racial or cultural difference or personal reflections on Dr. King's legacy that rely on concrete detail.
Jim Daniels, Thomas Stockham Baker University Professor of English, established the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards in 1999. The program builds on Daniels' commitment to writing about race. He edited "Letters to America: Contemporary American Poetry on Race." In 2001, the event expanded to include a separate category for Carnegie Mellon students, working on the premise that the voices of college students, and their varying experiences, could and should interact with the young voices from the Pittsburgh community.