Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay-Poster Contest

MNEA Human Rights Committee sponsors 2021 contest

The Missouri NEA Human Rights Committee is sponsoring the 2021 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 2021 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 4:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 15, 2021. 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 the information packet for more details and entry forms.

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