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Black History Essay Contest

Criteria

Elementary (3rd – 5th Grade)
1 page written

Dr. Mae Jemison was the first African American female Astronaut. She was part of the crew on the space shuttle, Endeavor. She is also an engineer, doctor, dancer, author, and actor. What aspect of her life did you most enjoy reading about? What role model inspired her to become an Astronaut, and why is that important?

Middle School (6th – 8th Grade)
2 page typed, (12 point, double spaced, TNR font), double spaced

In his written opinion following the Supreme Court outlawing the death penalty, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall wrote, “In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” What does this quotation mean to you? What are three ways in which we can recognize the humanity of others? Please provide examples to support your point of view.

High School (9th – 12th Grade)
4 pages typed, (12 point, double spaced, TNR font)

Research a historical person of color who has left an indelible mark on the world through their accomplishments. Describe how their life experiences and accomplishments continue to shape and inspire the world today. In what ways has their life story inspired you? How can you continue to honor and preserve their legacy?

Submissions

Submit Essays by Wednesday, February 18