Rob Licht

Artist Rob Licht shows off the bust -- in progress -- of Martin Luther King Jr. that will be part of the sculpture that will connect the two loops of the Freedom Walkway.

The Tompkins County Office of Human Rights (OHR) is launching a new poster contest that invites Tompkins County artists of all ages to apply their creative efforts to the question, “What Would MLK Say Today?” The submission deadline is noon on Monday, Jan. 5 at the Office of Human Rights, 120 W. MLK, Jr./State Street, Ithaca, NY. Full guidelines and entry forms for the contest can be obtained in person at the office or on the Human Rights website at

There are four age categories for the contest: Children (ages 5-9), Youth (ages 10-13), Teen (ages 14-18), and Adult (ages 19 and up). There are prizes for first, second, and third place for each age category. Winners will be announced on Saturday, Jan. 17 at the GIAC Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day Breakfast. The breakfast takes place in the Beverly J. Martin gym from 9 a.m. to11:30 a.m. Subsequently, there will be a celebration of the winners at the annual Human Rights Commission Dinner on Jan. 30. Selected entries will be on display on the Avenue of Friends in the Tompkins County Public Library during Black History Month, February 2015.

Human Rights Director Karen Baer said, “This contest is an opportunity for Tompkins County residents of all ages to imagine and express how MLK’s timeless strategies for equality can address today’s challenges.”

The Tompkins County Office of Human Rights (OHR) is a department of the County charged with providing civil rights enforcement and outreach programming. They handle complaints of discrimination in housing, employment, lending, public accommodation, and education. If you feel you have been discriminated against or you have questions regarding your human rights or the rights of others, contact: Tompkins County Office of Human Rights: 120 W. MLK, Jr./State Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, 607-277-4080 or

For more information contact: Sarah C. Simmons, Program & Outreach Specialist,

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