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Ohio children read their winning essays on Martin Luther King Jr.
The yearly contest culminates in a downtown Columbus church

Karen Kasler
Martin Luther King Junior is honored by Ohio children through essays.
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Each year, the state of Ohio honors the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an oratory contest for kids around the state. And just before the day named for him, the winners come to a downtown Columbus church to perform their essays. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler produced this sound portrait of the ceremony.

LISTEN: Ohio winners of an MLK essay contest read their work

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We heard excerpts from the essays of this year’s state MLK awards winners: 8 year old third grader Ezell Matchett of Lima, 11 year old 6th grader Marlin Yarborough of Groveport, 14 year old 8th grader Bre’Anna Walker of Columbus and 16 year old high school junior Holli Wartham of Lima.

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