Annual MLK Poster Exhibition and Program
held in Vola Lawson Lobby of Alexandria’s City Hall
On Monday, January 18, 2015 from 1:00 -3:00 pm, the City of Alexandria honors the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with its annual Poster Exhibition and Program. Posters will be on view from Alexandria City Public School students in the Vola Lawson Lobby of City Hall from January 18, 2016 through February 29, 2016. The Students’ Recognition Program will be Monday, January 18, 2016, in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 301 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. The Reception will immediately follow the program and will be in the Vola Lawson Lobby of City Hall from 2:15 to 3:00 p.m. Sponsors are The Alexandria Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage, Inc., Alexandria Black History Museum, Alexandria Commission for the Arts, Alexandria City Public School Art Teachers, and the Office of Equity and Cultural Competency. This program is free and open to the public.
The 2016 exhibition will display students’ illustrations of their own family’s struggles and journeys to reach Alexandria, perhaps from another country or situation. With the theme: “Journeys: Your Road to Alexandria,” students answered the question, “How did you come to Alexandria?” Were your ancestors settlers, brought here as slaves, immigrants looking for opportunity or freedom? The story of our city begins with journeys from all over the world. The struggle for freedom and equality begins with sharing our experiences and stories with each other. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life-long work for civil rights in America was a journey to freedom for justice and respect.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Poster Exhibition started as a contest in 1990. It was created by the Alexandria Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage, Inc. (ASPBH), which highlighted the art work of Alexandria City Public School students. The ASPBH is the friends group for the Alexandria Black History Museum (formally known as the Alexandria Black History Resource Center). Under the leadership of two memorable society presidents, Harry Burke and Carlton A. Funn Sr., the contest grew from a small exhibit and program held at the Alexandria Black History Museum, to a larger exhibition held in the Vola Lawson Lobby of City Hall in January and February of each year. In addition to the exhibition, a formal program is held in City Hall honoring the legacy of Dr. King. In 2013, the contest became a Memorial Exhibition honoring the late ASPBH President Carlton A. Funn, Sr. In 2014, the exhibition and program returned to City Hall. The 2016 posters will remain on view in the Vola Lawson Lobby through the month of February.