8 th ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. POSTER AND ESSAY CONTEST (K-12 th GRADES)
GUIDELINES AND RULES
In planning for the 8 th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Celebration, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion in
partnership with the Montgomery County-Radford City-Floyd County branch of the NAACP will sponsor a poster and
essay contest for local schools. Students in grades K-12 within Montgomery, Floyd, Giles, Pulaski, and Roanoke
counties, Radford and Roanoke cities, as well as independent/private schools and other schools in the surrounding
area are encouraged to participate.
Commemorating the March on Washington, D.C.: Leading Social Change 50 Years Later.
GUIDELINES FOR EDUCATORS/PARENTS:
The purpose of the Poster and Essay Contest is to challenge high students to think critically about Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr.’s legacy and develop goals that illustrate how they will help others within their communities. Dr. King and
many other leaders in the American Civil Rights Movement served as role models for achieving equality through
means of civility. Several notable historical figures such as Mohandas Gandhi, Henry David Thoreau, Ernest
Hemmingway, John F. Kennedy, and Leo Tolstoy also shared in Dr. King’s philosophy of advocating methods for
nonviolent social change.
In our current society, students from a variety of backgrounds are often faced with intimidating or seemingly
inescapable conditions each day. Using Dr. King’s approach, how would you demonstrate nonviolence or
civility if confronted with a similar type of situation? Please feel free to share effective ways in which you either
overcame or could encourage others who may face bullying, harassment, peer pressure, various types of abuse, or
any other major challenges, etc.
(Participants may refer to any relevant literature on the topics of civil disobedience or nonviolent social resistance as
resources for their entries.)
For additional information about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., please visit The King Center or
the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C. (http://www.mlkmemorial.org/) websites
prior to having students begin their project.
1. An entry form must be completed and attached to the submission.
a. Poster submission instructions
i. Use pencils, crayons, paints, markers or colored pencils. NO PRE-FABRICATED IMAGES
(no magazine cut-outs or clip art). Original art only.
ii. Posters should not be larger than 12” x 18”.
iii. Judging criteria will include: originality, creativity, relevance to the theme, and personal
b. Essay submission instructions
i. Essays submission is open to the following:
5 th – 8 th
9 th – 12 th
ii. The essay should be typed and double spaced although neatly written essays will be
iii. Essays should be no longer than four pages, and should include a bibliography on a separate
page for reference materials used to support the essay.
iv. The essay must refer to the theme and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy.
v. Judging criteria will include: originality, creativity, relevance to the theme/essay question, and
The submission deadline is Friday, November 9, 2012. All entries must either be delivered or sent by mail to the
Office for Diversity & Inclusion
ATTN: MLK Poster and Essay Contest
460 Turner Street, Suite 301 (0708)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Three winners will be determined per category and will receive the following:
$50 Gift Card
$35 Gift Card
$25 Gift Card
NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS
Winners will be by notified by letter, and invited to the MLK Community Brunch on Monday, January 21, 2013, where
they will be recognized. The breakfast will be held on the Virginia Tech campus.
Anti-Defamation League K-12 Diversity and Anti-Bullying in the Curriculum Resources and Programs
The King Center (includes The Principles for Non-Violent Change)
Martin Luther King at Virginia Tech
SOL Information pertaining to MLK
Kindergarten SOL-MLK Pages 13 - 29 Section # National Symbols and American Holidays
Grades K – 3 MLK Pages 6-9
Grade 3 SOL – MLK SOL Instruction Tracking Form
Grade 5 SOL – MLK Pages 6 – 8 His Truth Is Marching On
Grades K-12 - The Standards & SOL-based Instructional Resources
If you have any questions or need any further information,
please contact our office via email at email@example.com, or by phone at (540) 231-1403.
8 th ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. POSTER AND ESSAY CONTEST
Due Date: Friday November 9, 2012
(Complete each portion of the entry form. Please provide clearly printed and accurate information, which will be used for the certificates.)
Student Name (first, last):________________________________________________________________________
Parent/Student Address (including city, state & zip):
Parent/Student Phone Number: (_______) ____________________
Parent E-mail: ___________________________________________
Student Email: ___________________________________________
I voluntarily agree to participate in this contest with the understanding that all posters and essays submitted will
become the property of Virginia Tech and may be used for publications, websites, research, and/or displayed
throughout the community. Submissions will not be returned.
Parent/Guardian name: ___________________________ Parent/Guardian signature:_________________________
Address (include city, state & zip):
Student’s Teacher: _____________________________________________________________________________
Teacher’s Phone Number: (_______) _______________________________________________________________
Teacher’s Email: _______________________________________________________________________________
Teacher’s Signature: ____________________________________________________________________________
A copy of this form must be submitted with the poster or essay.
If you have any questions, please contact the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: (540) 231-1403