Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission

​​​​​​​​​​Annual Poster Contest


​​​​The Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission, in collaboration with Beta Beta Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is pleased to announce the 38th Annual Poster Competition.

  
Each year, students throughout the state of West Virginia have shared their artistic abilities by submitting their entries as a way of celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This year the mission of the Martin Luther King, Jr. West Virginia Holiday Commission is to celebrate the occasion of the 38th Annual Poster Competition as a means to depict the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The poster must focus on this famous quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
 
Classroom teachers are asked to assist students in the development of original slogans/captions to be used in the development of the poster. All work must be original. If pictures are used to develop posters, the source must be given.
 
Click here => MLK Poster Guidelines 2022 pdf to download a printable copy.​
 
All entries must be postmarked on or before December 1, 2021 and should be mailed or delivered to:
     Martin Luther King, Jr. Poster Contest
     ATTN:  Patricia Wilson​​
     627 Wallace Hall
     West Virginia State University   
     Institute, WV  25112   
 
 
Winning entries will be on display in the Great Hall of the WV Culture Center. Final information about winning entries will be sent to schools by December 17, 2021.
 

 
ANNUAL POSTER CONTEST GUIDELINES
 
The Annual Poster Competition is designed to celebrate the life and dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. and to reaffirm the American ideals of freedom, justice and opportunity for all.
 
​ELIGIBILITY
Open to all West Virginia residents (Students in grades K-12)
 
FORMAT
Student entries may be in any format. The style and the selected media must be explained on the attached entry form. Entries without this information will not be judged. An entry form must be taped to the back of the entry.
 
MEDIA
Pencil, crayon, pen and ink, water color, acrylic, serigraph wood block, photography and mixed media.
 
 
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Each entrant is allowed only one entry. All entries will become the property of the Martin Luther King, Jr. West Virginia Holiday Commission. All work must be original and not created from the internet. 

The poster must focus on this famous quotation from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” 
 
 
AWARDS AND PRIZES
There will be three prizes (first, second and third) in each category:
Categories by Grade Level: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
 
 
CALENDAR
December 1, 2021 is the deadline for receipt of posters by mail or delivery in person. Deliver or mail to:
     Martin Luther King, Jr. Poster Contest
     Attn: Patricia Wilson
     627 Wallace Hall
     West Virginia State University
     Institute, WV 25112
 

December 2-6, 2021:  Judging of entries

December 17, 2021:  Notification forwarded to poster contest winners

January – February 28, 2021:  Winning posters will be exhibited at the WV Culture Center


 
 
Click here => 2022 Project on Racism Contest Guidlines.pdf to download a printable copy.
 

 Previous Poster Winners
2018 Poster Winners                   >> Click Here to View 2018 Artwork Photos <<