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Posted on: November 1, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Racial Justice Essay Scholarship Contest open to Etowah County high school students

The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) is pleased to announce a scholarship contest open to Etowah County high school students in grades 9-12 where prizes totaling $5000 will be awarded to winning participants.

The scholarship contest coincides with EJI’s forthcoming dedication of a marker in Gadsden, Alabama. The marker will memorialize the brutal lynching of Mr. Bunk Richardson on February 11, 1906. Scholarship winners will be announced and recognized at an event unveiling the historical marker on December 13, 2016 in Gadsden.


The 2016 Racial Justice Essay Contest is open to all students in grades 9-12 living in or attending school in Etowah County, Alabama.

Guidelines for Entries

The history of racial inequality and economic injustice in America has created continuing challenges for all Americans. The lives of African Americans have been profoundly impacted by the era of slavery, the era of racial terror that continued from the end of Reconstruction until World War II, the era of Jim Crow and racial apartheid that produced the civil rights movement, and the present-day era of mass incarceration. EJI believes that a deeper understanding about our nation’s history of racial injustice is important to addressing contemporary questions of social justice and equality.

Students should review EJI’s 2016 A History of Racial Injustice calendar months of November and December and select one of the historical entries as a topic to write an essay of 750 words or less. Entries can focus on any event referenced in the calendar. The full-wall calendar includes hundreds of historical entries and twelve short essays highlighting historical events and issues in our nation’s racial history.

The 2016 A History of Racial Justice calendar months of November and December are provided at the end of this announcement.

Submission Details

Contestants should include the attached entry form and provide their name, home address, email address and telephone number. Entrants should provide the name of the school they attend, their grade level, title of the submission, historical event referenced and a word count. Submissions must not be longer than 750 words. Entries that are not the original work of the student will be disqualified. 

2016 Racial Justice Essay Contest Equal Justice Initiative
Racial Justice Calendar November-December 2016

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