2018 Black History Month Essay Contest


“Hidden Figures in Black History – Yesterday and Today” is the theme of African-American Research Library and Cultural Center’s 2018 Black History Month essay contest.  Recent media has reminded us all of the little-known African Americans who have contributed is some way to our society, be it in science, technology, mathematics, sports, or the arts.

These ‘hidden figures’ exist in every generation of our history. Choose any past (20th century or earlier) African American scientist, engineer, inventor, athlete, writer or performer who made a difference with his or her work; describe these accomplishments and then compare them with the work of a contemporary African American with a similar background. The two figures you choose to write about must have a minimum of 30 years timespan between them. Describe the contributions they made to their field and why you selected them.

  • Contest is open is open to students in grades 4-12 who are living or going to school in Broward County, in grades 4-12.
  • Essays must be legibly written (typed or handwritten, no cursive), with good grammar and correct spelling.
  • Essays must be a minimum of 500 words, but no longer than 1,000 words.
  • Entries must be accompanied by an Official Entry Form, which can be downloaded orpicked up at any Broward County Library location.
  • Entries must be received no later than 5PM on Friday, February 16, 2018 at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311.
  • There will be one winner in each of three groups: Grades 4-6, Grades 7-9 and Grades 10-12.
  • The prizes, provided by sponsor Best Buy Davie location, will be awarded in person at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center at a special Awards Ceremony at 1PM on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

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