The W.Va. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission is Accepting Entries for its Annual Poster Competition

November 05, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission is looking for a few budding artists to help tell the story of the civics rights pioneer.

The 26th annual poster contest is open to any student in grades one through 12 in a public, private or home school in West Virginia. The theme for this year’s competition focuses on the following quotation from King’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech:
“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, quality and freedom for their spirit. I believe that what self-centered [persons] have torn down, other centered [persons] can build up.”
The poster must focus on the stated theme and teachers are encouraged to guide students in the development of the poster. Students are encouraged to reflect upon King’s life and work and to think about how civil rights and diversity have affected their lives.
Entries may be mounted on illustration board and must not exceed 24 inches by 36 inches in size. Entries may be in pencil, crayon, pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic, serigraph wood block, photography or mixed media. Winning posters will be exhibited at the West Virginia Cultural Center in Charleston Jan. 18-31 for the Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration.
All entries must be postmarked on or before Dec. 10, 2010, and should be mailed or delivered to: Martin Luther King Jr. Poster Contest, Attention Patricia Wilson, West Virginia State University, 616 Wallace Hall, Institute, WV 25112-1000. Official rules and an application form are available at For more information about the poster contest, please contact Patricia Wilson at (304) 741-1608 or by e-mail at

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