Birmingham City Public Schools High School Essay Contest

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” – Ida B. Wells

This essay contest coincides with the dedication of a historical marker at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama. The marker will memorialize Jake McKenzie, Tom Redmond, and the practices of convict leasing in Jefferson County.

The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) offers this essay contest to help students engage with both this local and national history. Mr. Redmond and Mr. McKenzie are two of over 4,400 African American victims of racial terror lynchings killed between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and World War II.

This essay contest is a chance to learn about this history, form your opinions on it, and connect our history to contemporary issues of racial injustice our communities still face today.

Essays due November 22nd

Helpful Details

Eligibility

The 2019 Racial Justice Essay Contest in Birmingham, Alabama is open to all students in grades 9-12 attending Birmingham City public high schools.

Essay Length

700 to 1,000 words

Scholarships for Contest Winners

Scholarship winners will be announced in early 2020. Prizes totaling up to $5,000 will be awarded to winning participants.

Guidelines and Prompts

For this contest, JCMP has partnered with the Equal Justice Initiative. The link bellow leads you to their website with details about the contest and essay prompts. 

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