Students to Reflect on “Black and Blooming” Theme for Black History Month Essay Contest

(BLOOMINGTON) – City of Bloomington Black History Month Committee is seeking submissions from area students for the 2020 Black History Month Essay Contest.

The theme for the 2020 Black History Month celebration is “Black and Blooming.” As with the rest of the month’s events, the essay contest will acknowledge and honor up-and-coming Black leaders, visionaries, and changemakers who are blazing trails and leaving their mark on our city, state, and country.

Whether Bloomington natives or transplants by way of educational journeys and careers, the individual’s students will write about have strived to “bloom where [they] are planted,” and positively influence the community. 

“This contest helps celebrate the stories and contributions of historically underrepresented members of our community,” said Mayor John Hamilton.  “Telling Bloomington’s story in a fuller and more accurate way is essential and enriching as we continue to work toward a more inclusive and sustainable future.”

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 iPads, second-place winners will each receive a $100 cash award, and third place winners will receive a $75 cash award.

All essays must be submitted by February 3th at 5 p.m. on the Black History Month website at, where additional information about essay questions and subjects is available.

Winners will be honored at a reception on February 12th as a part of the City’s Black History Month celebration.