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Detroit NAACP holds Arts & Essay Scholarship Contest for K-5 students

Mike Kazsyck

DETROIT, MI – The Detroit branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is holding an Arts & Essay Scholarship Contest for K-5 students in the Detroit area. The theme for this year's contest is "What The Civil Rights Struggle Means To Me."

Elementary students from public and private elementary, middle and high school students in Detroit, Highland Park, Hamtramck, Ecorse, Inkster, Oak Park, Romulus, River Rouge, and Southfield are invited to participate. Entries will be separated based on participants' level: Grades 1-2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 6-12.

Essays should be typewritten or neatly handwritten on one or two pages of 8.5 x 11 paper. Essays will be judged based on continuity of thought, grammar, and syntax.

Art entries must be 2 dimensional between 16 x 20 inches and 18 x 24 inches using poster board, bristol board, heavy paper, or ak tag. Ensure that any incorporated texts are spelled correctly, legible, and appropriate to the theme.

Winners of each level will be selected by a special committee. The first-place winners for each category will receive a $500 educational scholarship and their entries will be incorporated in the Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner Souvenir Book.

A $350 scholarship will be provided for each second-place winner. Meanwhile, third-place winners will receive a $250 scholarship. All winners will receive tickets to the Detroit Branch NAACP’s 66th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner on Sunday, October 3, 2021, at the TCF Center, showcasing their winning entries.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP, was formed in 1909 by several Black leaders from different organizations. Detroit earned its own charter to operate back in 1912. It's the first branch to establish the Annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner back in 1956, with support from the Detroit Medical Society.

Submit all entries before Thursday, September 16, 2021, by 6:00 p.m. Click here for more information.

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