African-American Research Library and Cultural Center's Black History Month Essay Contest Covers the Historic March on Washington

The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, located on historic Sistrunk Boulevard.

The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, located on historic Sistrunk Boulevard.

DATE: January 23, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Vinik, Libraries Division
PHONE: 954-357-6190

Broward County students in grades 4-12 are invited to write an essay for Black History Month in a yearly contest held by the 
African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) and sponsored by the Friends of AARLCC. Prizes will be awarded, courtesy of Best Buy, for three winning essays which address this subject: the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington—where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. The following questions should be addressed in the essay:

In 1963, people came from all around the country to protest political and social challenges that African Americans faced in this country. What were the issues that caused the March on Washington? Who were the organizers of the March on Washington and what did they hope would happen? If the March on Washington were to occur today, what are some of the issues that your generation would be willing to march for in protest? Who do you think would lead and organize the March today and why?

To be eligible for an award, the essays must be original work by the student in 250 words or less, legibly written, with good grammar and correct spelling. Essays must be submitted to the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center by the end of Friday, February 8, 2013, along with an official entry form—available in local schools or at the AARLCC Youth Services Desk.

Students must provide their full name, home address, telephone number, school of attendance, and grade level. Students may submit only one entry.

Essays will be judged for merit, originality, grammar and spelling. There will be one winner from each of three categories: Grades 4-6, Grades 7-9 and Grades 10-12. Best Buy is sponsoring prizes, including a digital camera, an MP3 player and a laptop computer.

The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center is located at 2650 Sistrunk Blvd.,  in Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 (954-357-6282).

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