The Black Voices Matter Leadership Council is hosting their first annual essay contest for Black History Month. In 1926, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History sponsored a national Negro History week. They chose the second week in February because Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass both had their birthdays that week. Through the civil rights movement, many colleges and cities would evolve it into Black History Month. In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in order to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
For this contest, students are asked to pick an African-American individual or event and demonstrate through an essay the importance of the contributions and impact that this individual had on Black History as well as society in general.
Essays will be judged as follows: