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Creative Expression

February 1, 2013

What do these words mean to you as an individual in today’s world?

  • Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion. The potential for greatness lives within each of us. – Wilma Rudolph, Olympic athlete
  • Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.  – Malcolm X, Black Nationalist and Muslim leader
  • I’ll wrassle me up a future or die trying. – Zora Neale Hurston, writer and folklorist
  • Strive to make something of yourself; then strive to make the most of yourself.  – Alexander Crummell, minister and scholar
  • Everyone is represented in Washington by a rich and powerful lobby, it seems. But there is no lobby for the people. – Shirley Chisholm, politician
  • How can you teach book learning to people who are hungry and without proper shelter and know nothing about good living?  – Booker T. Washington, educator

If one of these quotations resonates with you, please consider sharing your thoughts in the form of a creative work—and possibly winning a prize!


  1. A creative work consists of but is not limited to: essay, poetry, video, drawing, art, and sculpture.

  2. All entrants must be currently enrolled Merrimack College students (graduate or undergraduate).

  3. Only one entry may be submitted per student.

  4. Creative work must be solely the work of the entrant, based on ONE of the selected quotations, and reflect the contest theme: Step forward, learn from the past.

First Place - $50 Mackbucks
Second Place - $25 Mackbucks

Winners will be recognized formally by the College.

Submission and Deadline:
Submit entries no later than February 20, 2013 to: Drs. Kathryn Nielsen and Kathleen Shine Cain Texts and videos may be emailed. Other works may be delivered to the Writing Center (Library 320).

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