Art Competition


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy epitomizes social justice. He embodied the ideals of social justice for humankind beyond man-made demographics. King lived out social justice by joining the fight for civil rights and workers’ rights during his short life. He was martyred for equity and freedom…freedom to reach the full potential of one’s existence through passion, persistence, and education. King’s ideals reject hateful rhetoric regardless of its target and encourage us to opt for love, understanding and cooperation instead. King led a life that moves us to welcome everyone we encounter into the embrace of humanity. His legacy charges us to exchange complacency for sacrifice, choosing to take on the challenge of social justice work. King’s legacy empowers us to be advocates and allies for ourselves and others; living lives of reconciliation. His life proves that we can live justly and love mercy as we strive to treat all members of our human family with kindness and compassion.


"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Kalamazoo Public Schools middle and high school students are invited to participate in the 2020 MLK Jr. Celebration Social Justice Art Competition. Participants are asked to create an original piece of artwork that honors Rev. Dr. King’s legacy and exemplifies the theme: Injustice to One is Injustice to All.

This year, the competition will be held on Monday, January 27, 2020 at Linden Grove Middle School. Competitors and guests arrive at 4:30 p.m. for dinner and refreshments.

For accommodations and further information, contact Lauren Carney (, 387-2129).


For the MLK Jr. Celebration Social Justice Art Competition:

  • Artwork must be easily transportable and display ready.
  • Artwork must be original and created entirely by the participating student.
  • Two-dimensional artwork should not exceed 18” x 24” in size.
  • Three-dimensional artwork should not exceed 24” x 24” x 24” in size.


Photos of artwork should be submitted online no later than November 19, 2019.

Submit artwork


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·         January 20, 2020 – Community Event at the State Theater, TBA

·         January 27, 2020 – Linden Grove Middle School, 4:30 p.m.

·         Additional locations TBA[LC1]