Inspiring graphics for Martin Luther King Jr Day with Adobe Express' editable templates



Martin Luther King Jr was a prominent civil rights activist during the Civil Rights Movement in America in the 20th Century. He took part in and encouraged nonviolent activism with the aim of ending racial segregation in America, which was a growing global movement. Dr. King was the most influential African American civil rights leader in the 1960s, building on the momentum of a movement that began when Ms Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in 1955.

A phenomenal figure in American history, Dr. King’s life and achievements are celebrated with a national holiday in America held on his birthday in his honour, known as “MLK Day”. The day is an opportunity to hear words from civil rights leaders and to remember Dr. King with parades and marches. Although this day is not officially celebrated in the UK, Dr. King’s legacy and impact on human rights, justice, and equality resonates with people around the world. Many people, outside of America, choose to celebrate Dr. King and his tireless efforts to achieve equality for all. If you’re planning a local event or wish to celebrate Dr. King and acknowledge the progress of the civil rights movement, you can create your very own Martin Luther King Jr Day banners and posters using templates from Adobe Express.

What is Martin Luther King Day and why do we celebrate it?

Many Americans celebrate and may pay their respects to the Dr. King and the civil rights movement, as the civil unrest in the 50s and 60s significantly contributed to positive changes in the law in America. In recognition of his contributions, King was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. 4 years later he was assassinated, sparking a national outcry and mourning.

For over 50 years, many states and cities across America have taken to the streets in MLK Day parades and by 1986, legislation passed marking the third Monday of every January as a national holiday of observance for Dr. King. Each year, proponents of the civil rights movement take to the streets to promote civil equality and freedoms. Although Dr. King lost his life more than half a century ago, the civil rights movement is very much alive. In fact, you can discover hundreds of templates on Adobe Express that capture the words of civil rights activists and organisations. Turn these into signs for parades and posters to promote equality and justice in your neighbourhood.

Creative ideas for impactful visuals to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The essence of the civil rights movement is the focus on equality for all. Before Dr. King, many other civil rights activists paved the way for the beloved Baptist minister to create a movement that would change the world. Subsequently, when thinking about impactful visuals to commemorate King, there are plenty of striking, beautiful, and captivating designs that can spread your message of love, equality and peace for all.

Take a look at these Equality Templates.

Remember Martin Luther King’s unforgettable speeches

Dr. King was an excellent leader and gave many memorable speeches. One of the most famous was his “I have a dream” speech, which he gave in 1963, in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., in front of nearly 250,000 people.

In many parades, marches and protests, snippets of King’s speeches and other soundbites are placed on signs and billboards. You can pinpoint the exact message you wish to share with Adobe Express. Whether you want to advocate for people to “build bridges, not walls” or to say that “the time is always right to do what is right”, you can easily find editable templates and Martin Luther King visual assets on Adobe Express that help spread your message.

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Elevate marginalised voices on MLK Day

The work of the civil rights movement is not done and there are many other movements and special days that are celebrated across America and the UK that help to elevate the voices of marginalised people. MLK Day is a great opportunity, both in America and in the UK, to draw attention to these important causes.

Adobe Express has hundreds of poster templates with a mix of colourful, contrasting, playful and muted designs. If you want to create visuals that promote important movements such as feminism, black voices, gay rights, and human rights, you can easily edit any template to include your message.

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Useful things to know.

Which visuals are best for MLK Day signs?

There are hundreds of MLK visuals to choose from, including those with excerpts of his famous speeches, those with his face or silhouette and those with iconic civil rights movement graphics. Browse your full Adobe Express templates options here.

Can I use Adobe Express to edit the text and design of a visual that I like?

Yes! Choose a template that you like and get editing straight away. You can change the design, the font, the colours, and the background image. The editing tool is easy to use, and you’ll be done in no time!

Is Adobe Express free to use?

Yes! Sign up to the free Adobe Express plan and instantly access 1,000 Adobe Express fonts and templates that have been professionally designed and are ready to use. Learn more about Adobe Express’ free plan here.