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Art Honored in Social Justice Contest

Students Were Recognized at MLK Day Celebrations

More than 53 students participated in the first Western Michigan University Social Justice Art Competition held this year as part of WMU’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

In previous years, the event had been a poster contest, but it was expanded this year to encourage more participation.

“It turned out to be a really wonderful show,” said Sarah Cheek-Toomey, the art coordinator for Kalamazoo Public Schools. “The work was really well received by all of the administrators and families who attended.”

The Top 5 winners were Jaree Leonard and Alexandria Courtney, Loy Norrix High School; Vanesa Fernandex, Linden Grove Middle School; Haniya Frayer, Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts; and Sophia Schwartz, Portage Central High School, who takes EFA at Kalamazoo Central.

They received Kindle Fires. All participants received a certificate of recognition from former KPS Board of Education Trustee Dr. Martha Warfield and the WMU Office of Diversity and Inclusion, as well as an art book from Kazoo Books.

The works were displayed in the WMU Bernhard Center Lobby during the MLK Day celebration and at the Radisson Plaza Hotel during the Kalamazoo Community Day of Action.
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