Exhibit to display Martin Luther King Jr. student posters

January 08, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- "Celebrating Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Day and Black History Month," an exhibit featuring posters designed by Penn State students in the University's 30th annual MLK poster competition, is on display in the entry lobby of Pattee Library from Jan. 15 through Feb. 28. This year's theme is “Now, More than Ever.”

The student posters were created in Graphic Design 400, Time and Sequence, a course that exposes students to real-world design with a fixed deadline, and client and prescribed project specifications. It also gets the students involved in a public service project.

The display illustrates a variety of approaches to this year's theme and demonstrates the abilities of Penn State design students.

Judges from the commemorations planning committee selected as the winning poster, the design by Meaghan Lee Cafferty, a junior graphic design major at Penn State. Her design has been duplicated on buttons and posters to be distributed for Penn State's 2015 MLK celebration. Cafferty stated, “My interpretation of this year’s MLM Commemoration theme focuses on proactive energy. The time for change is now. To visually express this, I designed a series of watches in different colors, shapes and styles — all with the same message — the time is now. We can’t wait for change; we must be the change. The time is now, more than ever.”

In November 1983, former President Ronald Reagan signed into law a national holiday to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. In 1986, Penn State began its official recognition of the holiday on the third Monday in January, celebrating the life of this civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who was assassinated in 1968, at the age of 39.

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  • Watches of different colors display 'Now' with theme of 'Now, More Than Ever'

    The winning poster is by Meaghan Lee Cafferty, a junior graphic design major at Penn State.

    IMAGE: Meaghan Lee Cafferty
Last Updated January 08, 2015