U.S. Embassy Bridgetown’s Student Essay Competition celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black History Month

The U.S. Congress has designated February as Black History Month in the United States to celebrate the contributions of African-Americans to U.S. history, culture, and society. African-Americans have made profound contributes in every sphere of human endeavor within the U.S. and across the world. Black History Month recognizes and celebrates these achievements.

Prizes: First Prize: US$500. Second Prize: US$300. Third Prize: US$200. Deadline for submission: Monday, 7 February, 2011

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean is proud to sponsor an essay competition to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was a visionary leader in the struggle for civil rights in the U.S. His ideals, values, and sacrifice have inspired not only Americans, but people around the globe in the struggle for justice and equality.

“Yes if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness. And all the other shallow things will not matter…I just want to leave a committed life behind.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “The Drum Major Instinct” February 4, 1968

The Embassy invites essay submissions from students aged 13-17 years of age on the topic statement given below. There will be prizes for the top three essay submissions which will be competitively judged. Guidelines for the essay are as follows:

  • Essays should be at least 4.5 to 5 pages in length excluding cover page, reference notes, etc.
  • Essays should be word-processed or typed with a 1.5 or 2 line spacing
  • Essays will be judged based upon originality and creativity of thought in response to the topic statement

Topic:Choose a noteworthy African-American figure, past or present, who embodies the ideals espoused by American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Describe the person’s life and importance and why you think he/she exemplifies Dr. King’s ideals.”

Prizes: First Prize: US$500. Second Prize: US$300. Third Prize: US$200.

Deadline for submission: Monday, 7 February, 2011

Completed essays may be mailed or e-mailed to the U.S. Embassy at the following addresses:

U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean
Public Affairs Section
Wildey Business Park
St. Michael BB 14006
Barbados

bridgetownpublicaffairs@state.gov

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