Freshman Kathrine Higgins of Glenburn was selected as the first-place winner in the art category of the Penobscot County Bar Association’s annual Law Day essay and poster contest. Law Day was celebrated May 1.
A $500 scholarship prize was presented Wednesday to Higgins for her poster.
The theme for this year’s contest was “Realizing the Dream: Equality for all.” Students were asked to reflect on whether, 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued and nearly 50 years after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the nation has succeeded or failed in its promise of equality for all.
Higgins said that because King delivered his famous speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., she chose to feature the monument in her poster. On the steps to the statue of Abraham Lincoln, she wrote the words “Emancipation Proclamation,” “Civil Rights,” “Women’s Rights” and “Equality for All.” Depicted on the steps are King, Rosie the Riveter and a same-sex couple in the midst of a marriage proposal.