Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay-Poster Contest

MNEA Human Rights Committee sponsors 2022 contest

The Missouri NEA Human Rights Committee is sponsoring the 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay-Poster Contest for K-12 public school students. "Fulfilling Dr. King's Dream: Reading to Lead and Transform" is the theme for the 2022 contest.

Winners are determined in five grade-level categories: K–1, 2–3, 4–5, 6–8, and 9–12. A certificate and gift card is awarded to each first-place ($50), second-place ($30), and third-place ($20) winner in the five categories. Teachers of winning students will receive a $25 gift card. 

An MNEA affiliated local association must host the initial contest and submit first-, second-, and third-place winning posters (sized 11x17) in any or all of the five grade-level categories (up to 15 entries per local association). Entries achieving finalist status should then be mailed or hand-delivered to Missouri NEA Headquarters, Attn: Roxane Bly, 1810 E Elm Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

All final entries must be received by MNEA no later than Jan. 15, 2022. Late entries will not be judged.

Questions? 
Contact Lisa Blaha, MNEA UniServ Director at lisa.blaha@mnea.org or (636) 614-7501, Roxane Bly at roxane.bly@mnea.org or (573) 644-9606.

Download 2022 Contest Materials 

 

2021 Winners

Grades K-1

No Entries Received.

  

  

Grades 2-3

1st place
Charleigh Williams
North Kansas City School District

MLK Poster - Williams

2nd place
Madeleine Hopper
North Kansas City School District

MLK Poster - Hopper

 3rd place 
Landon Hinton
Hazelwood School District

MLK Poster - Hinton

Grades 4-5

1st place (tie)
Shirish Arora
Columbia School District  
MLK Poster - Arora

1st place (tie)
Liberty Carter
North Kansas City School District
MLK Poster - Carter

  

2nd place
Paylin Higgins
Hazelwood School District

MLK Poster - Higgins

3rd place 
Kyra Allen
Columbia School District
MLK Poster - Allen

  

Grades 6-8

1st place
Rafael Rodrigues
Clayton School District
MLK Poster - Rodrigues

2nd place
Stella Steele
North Kansas City School District
MLK Poster - Steele

3rd place
Not awarded in 2021

Grades 9-12

1st place
Isaiah Jackson
Special School District
MLK Poster - Jackson

2nd place
Not awarded in 2021

3rd place 
Not awarded in 2021