Select and research a current social justice issue. The student should prepare a poster that includes:

  • a definition of the issue
  • history of this issue
  • victims of the issue; identify who suffers from the issue
  • discussion of why this is an issue that the larger public should be concerned with
  • discussion of how this issue relates to Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy
  • identify ways that they (and their audience) can get involved with this issue


  • Open to all high school students in KPS and surrounding school districts
  • Posters should be 18 inches x 24 inches
  • Entries must be typed
  • Contestants should submit their entries by email to by Friday, Jan. 10. Each contestant should include his or her name, email address, telephone number and school in the body of the email. The subject line should be: MLK Social Justice Case Poster Contest.

Judging criteria

Entries will be judged by a panel of reviewers selected from Western Michigan University and the surrounding community according to the following criteria:

  • Organization—Poster is neatly arranged in such a way that the reader can independently follow the content.
  • Creativity—Submission is presented professionally and creatively.
  • Main idea—The contestant clearly addresses format of the submission as defined above.
  • Mechanics—Spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc. Contestants are urged to proofread their submissions and to ask for additional proofreading assistance.


First, second and third place winners will be selected and awarded. All submissions will be featured at the MLK Day Celebration at Western Michigan University on Saturday, Jan. 18.