Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Literary & Visual Arts Contest Winners

Congratulations to Nottingham’s Winners!

Twenty-four entries were chosen out of more than 1,000 submissions in this year’s contest.


Dr. King was a brilliant and brave leader. His truth, dedication and commitment resonated with people across our nation and throughout the world. Today, his fearless dedication to equality and peaceful progress continue to inspire and challenge all of us.On March 8, 1965, Dr. King spoke about Courage and said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Dr. King urged all of us to feel passionate about freedom and justice—when we feel strongly, we must speak up and not remain silent.Using this quote from Dr. King, describe in writing or through visual art how speaking up (or being silent) about something can change your personal life, your community or the world.

Sarah Furches 2nd place3rd Place  Visual Arts Grades 3-5:
Sarah Furches, Nottingham, 5th Grade

Sarah began to think about how people judge others after reading Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s quote, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”  She creatively depicted two emojis that represent equality standing up to a bully that only superficially judges others.  Sarah wants people to treat others well, like you would treat a friend.  Her empowering message, “Stand up for what’s right!  Don’t give up!” encourages peers to keep working towards Dr. King’s dream.

2nd Place  Visual Arts Grades K-2:
Luc Penella, Nottingham, 2nd Grade
Luc Penella 2nd place

Luc masterfully drew a composite of individuals that have fought to improve African Americans’ quality of life.  While Martin Luther King, Jr. is the largest, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, George Washington Carver, and Jackie Robinson are present; all courageous individuals Luc learned about in school.  Across the piece, he wrote, “Keep the Dream Alive,” because Luc doesn’t want people to forget Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message.