UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa .– Now is the time to speak out for justice, according to the designer of this year’s poster for the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commemoration.

Hayle Stoner, a senior graphic design major, created the poster for Lanny Sommese’s GD 400 Time and Sequence course that exposes students to real-world design with a deadline, as well as client and project specifications. prescribed.

Stoner’s design was selected by faculty / staff and students of the MLK Day Planning Committees, and will be used to promote various MLK campus events such as the Forum on Black Affair MLK Banquet on January 15th and Celebration Night on January 20th.

“Right now in our country we use our anger and judgment to rule our actions, which leads our people to turn on each other in fear,” Stoner wrote in a description of his purpose. . “It’s time we came together as a society to solve a problem, to stand up for what we believe in, for justice. When Martin Luther King Jr. wrote the letter from Birmingham Jail, he was calling on people to share their voices for a cause. By remaining silent while heartbreaking events unfold, you are contributing to the lingering problem.

“In designing my poster, I wanted to call out to those people who watch the violence continue but who always remain silent. The design is meant to relate to a large audience, to show that it could be any of us. The shade of red symbolizes the silhouette alert in the face of rising tensions. Their eyes are wide open to see exactly what’s going on but their hand remains silent over their mouth. In the reflection of the eyes you see a cop and a silhouette. This is to call the current controversy unfolding between African Americans and law enforcement. In the eyes there are no heroes or victims because if ever we want to resolve this conflict, we have to take a step back from it. We need to start seeing ourselves all as one and the same, we are all people, and we all need to come together and stop being silent, that’s what this poster represents.

The theme of the 2017 MLK Jr. Commemoration is “When silence becomes betrayal”. Inspired by King’s lyrics, the theme reminds the Penn Staters to use their voices in the face of injustice. The hashtag, #ISpokeUpWhen, will be used to allow faculty, staff and students to be recognized for the times they have spoken for others.

  • “It’s time for us to come together as a society to solve a problem, to stand up for what we believe in, for justice,” writes Hayle Stoner, explaining the inspiration for her design.

Last updated on November 15, 2016