Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an activist committed to peace, justice, and equality. In his efforts for civil rights, he emphasized the importance of determination to achieve freedom and human dignity. His driving forces were love, the importance of family, and self-respect. The City of Milpitas wants to celebrate and remember Dr. King’s legacy with the Community. This year’s poster contest theme is “Civil Rights.” The artist’s may relate this theme to themselves or others in their family, school, neighborhood, or the world.
The theme comes from King’s public speech delivered to over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963. Dr. King described his dreams of freedom and equality arising from a land of slavery and hatred.