The national theme for 2013 is "The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and Commemoration of the March on Washington." In lieu of the national theme, we have chosen "At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington: How have these historical events changed the lives of African-Americans?
Essay content must include information about how these two events have impacted the lives of African-Americans, addressing the freedoms to which they share in today. The winning essays will be submitted to The News Star for publication along with the names of all students who submitted essays. Prizes and recognitions will be awarded on Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 6:00 P.M. at the Main Branch Library, 1800 Stubbs Avenue in the Louis Lock Meeting Room.
The contest is open to students in grades 4-12. Entries should be submitted to the Children's Department at the Main Branch library, 1800 Stubbs Avenue, Monroe, Louisiana. An information sheet containing name, address, telephone number and/or email must accompany all entries to be considered for prizes. Essays will not be accepted without it. No names should be placed on the actual essay. All schools are encouraged to participate. Categories are as follows:
4th - 6th Grade (Minimum -100 words)
7th- 8th Grade (Minimum - 200 words)
9th - 12th Grade (250 - 500 words)
The deadline for turning in all essays is Thursday, January 31, 2013 by 9:00 p.m. at the Main branch. There will be no exceptions. For more information, please contact Fredrick Louis at 318-327-1235.