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Students To Reflect On "Reclaiming Our Time" For Black History Month

Last updated on Monday, December 10, 2018

(BLOOMINGTON) - The City of Bloomington Black History Month Committee is seeking submissions from area students for the 2019 Black History Month Essay Contest.

The theme for the 2019 Black History Month celebration is "Reclaiming Our Time," prompting writers to reflect on the ways historic wrongs are being corrected, and the spaces that have been created to celebrate Black culture, history, and community.

"As we close out our Bicentennial year, I invite our wonderfully engaged young people to reflect on our history," said Mayor John Hamilton, "and particularly the history of the underrepresented members of our community. This essay contest celebrates Bloomington's Black culture and history through the voices of our city's future leaders."

First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each of three categories: elementary (grades 4-6), middle (grades 7-8) and high school (grades 9-12). Homeschooled students are eligible to participate as well. First place essay winners will receive an iPad, second place winners will receive a $100 cash award, and third place winners will receive a $75 cash award.

All essays must be submitted on the Black History Month website at bloomington.in.gov/bhm, by January 18, 2019, at 5 p.m. Winners will be honored at a reception on February 21, 2019, as a part of the City's Black History Month celebration.

Additional information about the 2019 Essay Contest, including essay questions and subjects, is available online at bloomington.in.gov/bhm or by contacting Shatoyia Moss at mosss@bloomington.in.gov or 812-349-3430.

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