2020 Black History Scholarship Essay Contest

| February 5, 2020 | 0 Comments
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We can only move forward from our history if we learn from it and decide how we want to use that knowledge in the future. Let’s get a start on that future with the  14th Annual Black History Scholarship Essay Contest! We’ve teamed up with Cass Burch and a whole host of sponsors to award three scholarships this year, in the amounts of $1,200, $700, and $500!

Local high school students from Valdosta, Lowndes, Cook, Berrien, Echols, Lanier, Madison (Fl), and Brooks , both public and private, are invited to submit an essay on this year’s topic, “How Far Have Voting Rights Come Since the Ratification of the 15th Amendment?”  Judging is done by a 3rd party and winners will be notified on March 9th, and celebrated during a reception on March 13th at Black Crow Media.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 15th amendment, which declared that the “right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”  In light of this historical commemoration, the essay topic is as follows:

It has been 150 years since the US Constitution was amended to protect the right to vote by declaring it illegal to deny such right ‘on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.But it took another 95 years and the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 before the majority of the African Americans in the south were registered to vote. Between 1870 and 1965, what were some of the methods used to circumvent the 15th amendment and suppress the black vote? Did the Voting Rights Act of 1965 completely erase these methods? Is voting today fair to African Americans? Please discuss.

Submissions will be accepted February 1-29, 2020

Entering is as easy as 1, 2, 3…

  1. Download the “Guidelines & Rules” using the button below and read them.
  2. Write your essay.
  3. Submit your information and essay using the “Entry Form” button below. (Or, you can turn in a paper copy at the offices of Black Crow Media at 1711 Ellis Drive, Valdosta, Ga 31601 no later than 5 pm, February 28th, 2020)

**Please do not include your name on the essay itself. If you are turning in a paper copy, you will fill out an entry form at Black Crow Media.**



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