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> MLK Poster Contest 2017


 MLK Drawing by Todd Ayoung - 2015 Contest Winner

This contest is closed. Check back for the 2018 Contest Theme. 

Announcing the third annual “What Would MLK Say Today?” Poster Contest. This year, the Tompkins County Office of Human Rights is inviting local artists to imagine and express what MLK would say today about this year’s theme - Voting Rights.

With major provisions of the Voting Rights Act struck down in 2013, the recent presidential election was the first in more than 50 years without its full protections.  Voter ID requirements, cutbacks in early voting, and limited registration periods are just some of the barriers faced by millions headed to the polls. On the other hand, a committee of the New York State Assembly passed a bill in 2016 that would restore voting rights to people on parole, and if passed by the full Assembly, would affect more than 40,000 individuals.

As a witness to the signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, what would MLK say today about voting rights in the United States? 

Contest Guidelines


  • One entry per person
  • All Tompkins County residents, including students, are eligible to enter.  Human Rights Commissioners, Office of Human Rights staff, volunteer judges, and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter. 
  • A completed, legible entry form must accompany submissions

Artwork Guidelines

  • Posters must be on 11 x 17 plain or colored paper
  • Posters must be two-dimensional (flat) and not rolled up
  • Posters may be created with photography, marker, paint, pencil, pastel, or computer graphics
  • Posters may include written word components
  • Posters may not include copyrighted content
  • Include a short paragraph on your entry form that answers the question "What Would MLK Say Today?" explaining the message of your poster
  • Posters become the property of the Office of Human Rights

Judging Criteria

Each entry will be judged on the following criteria:

Originality of the poster and how the idea is expressed in the design is unique.

Artistic Quality: The artwork and its execution are creative.

Visual Impact: The artwork is impactful and its composition is balanced.

Impact of Written Word: The words used are relevant and reflect the legacy of MLK.

The judges’ decisions are final

Click here to download the Entry Form


Past Years
MLK Poster Contest 2016

MLK Poster Contest 2015