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Black Her -Story Month 2017 ~ Bloomington Style: Illuminating the Gifts of Black Women

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Each year, the City of Bloomington Black History Month Committee plans activities and events for the community to celebrate and commemorate the month of February as Black History Month.





This year's theme is "Black Her - Story Month: Illuminating the Gifts of Black Women."

All City of Bloomington Black History Month events are open to the public. Events are free unless otherwise stated.

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The 2017 Black Her-Story Month Essay Contest

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The City of Bloomington Black History Month Planning Committee has launched its annual essay contest, sponsored by IU Credit Union. This competition is open to elementary, middle, and high school students in the city of Bloomington.

The theme of this year's competition is Black Her - Story Month: Illuminating the Gifts of Black Women. The committee seeks impactful and creativitely written essays that exhibit cultural knowledge of black women (identified from the subject list below), who has influenced society and inspire others to achieve their goals.

SUBJECT LIST: Marian Anderson, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Mary McLeod Bethune, Misty Copeland, Ava DuVernay, Lorraine Hansberry, Fannie Lou Hamer, Toni Morrison, Michelle Obama, Sojourner Truth, and Serena Williams.

GUIDELINES: (Elementary and Middle school) Essay should be between 350 - 500 words. Essay must include the following components:

What are/were the subjects gifts to America, and how did she influence for help change our society? What personal traits and skills of the subject do you admire, and how do these traits inspire your own life and goals?

(High school) Essay should be between 500 - 700 words. Essay must include the following components:

What are/were the subjects gifts to America, and how did she influence for help change our society? What personal traits and skills of the subject do you admire, and how do these traits inspire your own life and goals? What are some of the ways that "her-story"can motivate others to change?

ESSAY QUALIFICATIONS:

The deadline for submission is January 13, 2017. Essays can be submitted to: bhmessaycontest@bloomington.in.gov

For contest flyer and information clickhere. (PDF 846.73 KB)

AWARDS:


First, second and third place award will be given to students in Elementary (4-6), Middle (7-8) High School (9-12). First place winners will receive 16GB iPad Air 2. Second place $100.00, Third Place $75.00

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