Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission Accepting Applications for Annual Poster Competition

October 25, 2007

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ Do you have a dream for yourself? Are you aware of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream for America? Could you express your dream artistically?


If so, the Martin Luther King Jr. West Virginia Holiday Commission and Beta Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority want to hear from you. They are accepting applications for the 23rd annual poster competition. Any student in grades one through 12 in a public, private or home school in West Virginia is encouraged to participate. The theme for this year’s competition is “Inheriting a world house: Learning to live together peacefully.”


This year’s competition stems from King’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize lecture in which he said that we have “inherited a large house, a great ‘world house’ in which we have to live together -- black and white, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Moslem and Hindu -- a family unduly separated in ideas, culture and interest, who, because we can never again live apart, must learn somehow to live with each other in peace.” 

Entries can be pencil, crayon, pen and ink, water color, acrylic, serigraph wood block, photography or mixed media and must be mounted on illustration board. They may not exceed 24 inches by 30 inches in size. An entry form must be taped to the back of each entry.

First, second and third place will be awarded in four grade categories: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.

All entries should be postmarked on or before Dec. 1, 2007, and mailed or delivered to: Martin Luther King Jr. Poster Contest,  West Virginia Holiday Commission, attention Patricia Wilson, P.O. Box 751, Institute, WV 25112. Official rules and an entry form are available at  

For more information about the poster contest, please contact Patricia Wilson at (304) 768-3448 or e-mail at  

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