MCHR Freedom Tour 2016 Official Poster Contest Rules

Date: Mar 20th 2016 Deadline  |  Challenge  |  News

Michigan Coalition for Human Rights
2016 Freedom Tour Poster Contest


Official Rules


1. Basic Information


The contest is open to all Michigan residents aged 15-25.

No shared work or entries are allowed.


Entry Limit

One poster per student.


Entry Deadline

Sunday, March 20, 2016 is the submission deadline.


Address for Poster Submission

Entries must be submitted to:

MCHR Freedom Tour Poster Contest, 117 West 4th Street,

Suite 200, Royal Oak, Mich. 48067

Digital submissions are also acceptable and should be emailed to “” with the subject line “Submission for MCHR poster contest”.


Back of Poster Must Include the Following Information (if  submitting a digital file, this information should be included in the submission email):

-Student Name

-Student Age

-Student Address (home and e-mail)

-Student Phone Number and/or E-mail Address

-Student School



A $1,000 first prize and a $500 second prize will be presented for the selected poster designs. The winners will be announced in early-mid April 2016 (date TBA).


2. Poster Requirements


Posters must have a theme or message representing civil rights and/or the civil rights movement, the history, places and monuments of the civil rights movement and/or the meaning and importance of the 2016 Freedom Tour. (See “What is the 2016 Freedom Tour?”) All subject matter must be in good taste.


There is no word limit, but submitted posters must include, at minimum, the following copy/words:

– “2016 Freedom Tour”

– “June 19-29, 2016”

– “Civil Rights”

– “Michigan Coalition for Human Rights”

A credit line on front of poster with student’s name will be allowed.



Poster must measure approximately 18”x 24.”

Poster presentations can be horizontal or vertical.

Poster must be mounted on matte board. (or foam core, etc.)

Digital submissions must also conform to these same size specifications.



Any mixed media suitable for print reproduction as a poster is allowed, including

computer-generated graphics.

All artwork must be camera-ready.

Posters must be two-dimensional.

All posters must be original art.

Digital submissions must be print-ready (proper resolution) and must also follow all of the above requirements.


3. Rights

All entries become the property of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights. Except as used by the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, all artists, including contest winners, will retain the rights to their work. Entry in the contest constitutes full permission to publish the name and photo of the winner and reproduce and sell copies of the poster without further compensation. The determination of eligibility of entries and any interpretation of these rules is at the sole discretion of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights and shall be final and binding upon all entrants.

By participating, the entrant agrees to abide by and be bound by these rules.

For additional information on poster contest, send e-mail to

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Additional Information on 2016 Freedom Tour and U.S. Civil Rights Movement

What is the 2016 Freedom Tour?

The 2016 Freedom Tour is a ten-day educational trip (June 19-29, 2016) for Michigan high school students to learn and experience the history of the U.S. civil rights movement.  It will also enable students to become knowledgeable and deeply engaged with the civil rights movement and its rich history – and what it means for them, their peers, and their communities today.

The bus tour will take students from Michigan to the states where much of the country’s civil rights history was made, including Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.

The 2016 Freedom Tour will visit multiple cities and sites, including:

*The King Center & Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

*Rosa Parks Center, Southern Poverty Law Center & Viola Liuzzo Memorial in Montgomery and Lowndes County, Alabama.

*Edmund Pettus Bridge & National Voting Rights Museum & Institute in Selma, Alabama.

*Tougaloo College & Medgar Evers House & Museum in Tougaloo and Jackson, Mississippi.

*National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

*Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center in Henning, Tennessee.


Media Coverage of 2013 Freedom Tour

*“Trip to Selma Connected Local Students to Civil Rights” from Detroit Free Press.

*“Michigan Youths Follow Freedom Riders’ Civil Rights Journey” from Toledo Blade.

*“Local Attorney Leads Local Teens on Freedom Tour of South” from Legal News.


Additional Information on U.S. Civil Rights Movement

*American Civil Rights Movement

*“The Abolitionists” online video from PBS’ American Experience

*“Freedom Summer” online video from PBS’ American Experience

*Civil Rights Movement at Channel

*Honoring Detroit’s Revolutionary Civil Rights Fighter from Detroit Free Press


Kim Redigan Recounts Recent Human Rights Mission to U.S.-Mexico Border/2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 31, 2019/Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery/Detroit

Sponsored by MCHR; Citizens for Peace; Gray Panthers of Metro Detroit & Swords into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery 

Detroit activist Kim Redigan recently traveled to the Mexico-U.S. border at Tijuana, where she witnessed the trauma imposed by an immigration system that criminalizes asylum seekers. In her first-hand account, Kim will talk of people fleeing the violence of poverty, civil war and the long history of U.S. intervention.

2:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Swords into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery
33 E. Adams
Detroit, Mich.  48226
(At Woodward/Just west of Comerica Park)

Free admission.
Public welcome.

Click here to see event flyer.


April 14, 2019, MCHR Annual Dinner at Marygrove College, Keynote Speaker is U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib

Reception: 4 p.m. Dinner: 5 p.m.

The MCHR Annual Dinner will be held April 14, 2018 at Marygrove College in Detroit.

U.S. House Representative Rashida Tlaib will deliver the keynote address.

MCHR will also recognize several individuals and groups for their human rights activism:
  • Lifetime Achievement Award — Sam Stark and Kae Halonen
  • Organization Award — East Michigan Environmental Council (EMEAC)
  • Youth Activist Award — Jonathon Roberts
  • Special Recognition — Colombian GM Workers

For more information on tickets, sponsorships or dinner program advertising, contact Chantelle Yancy at or 313-775-0442.

Click here to view the flyer.