The Gilliland Historical Resource Center Inc. is sponsoring a poster contest marking the Aug. 28, 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech that Dr. King presented on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The organization will hold an orientation for competition participants from 10 a.m.-noon Thursday at Shelbyville Recreation Center, said Mary Ann Brame, the group's program coordinator.
Those wishing to participate in the competition are not required to attend the orientation, Brame said, but the resource center will provide poster supplies to attendees and answer questions.
Posters must be submitted by Jan. 14 and must have a title concerning the theme, provide "meaningful drawings" about the speech and be on 11" by 14" poster board, Brame said.
The competition will be divided into categories by grade levels: first to third grades, fourth to sixth grades, seventh to ninth grades and 10th to 12th grades. The posters will be judged on content, originality, relevancy, creativity, accuracy and neatness.
"We hope to carry on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and make people aware of what he meant to everyone, not just black Americans, but everyone, during the '50s and '60s," said James Claybourne, the historical resource center's president.
Organizers hope the students can interpret the speech's impact on history and the civil rights struggles of King's era, Claybourne said, and put those concepts on paper.
The posters will be displayed at Shelbyville Recreation Center during an MLK celebration luncheon at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, Claybourne said. Marilyn Massengale will be guest speaker at the luncheon, which has a theme of "Keeping the Dream Alive in the 21st Century," Brame said.
Organizers of the poster competition are hoping to find business and individuals to sponsor the event so they can provide prizes to the winners, he said. They also need local businesses to sell tickets for the luncheon.
What: Orientation for MLK poster contest
When: 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Jan. 3
Where: Shelbyville Recreation Center
Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children. For more information or to buy a ticket, call 684-7349 or 684-9249.