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The Equal Justice Initiative Essay Contest: Racial Injustice and Its Legacy Today

November 2, 2020 - 2:40pm -- Robin
Preston Porter Jr. / Denver Public Library Western History

The Equal Justice Initiative, in partnership with the Colorado Lynching Memorial Project, is sponsoring a scholarship contest open to 9th – 12th grade students attending public high school in Denver County, where prizes totaling at least $5,000 will be awarded to winning participants.

Students are asked to examine the history of a topic of racial injustice and to discuss its legacy today. Essays should explain the chosen topic using a specific historical event(s), explore how the injustice persists, and imagine solutions for a future free from racial injustice. Students are encouraged to reflect on how the topic impacts their own lives and communities.

Rough draft submissions due: November 12th - 25th; Reviews will be returned by December 10th. Final submissions are due January 10, 2021. Visit the coalition website to sign up for a newsletter to receive updates on the contest and take advantage of the research resources and videos that will help to get you started. For a context that hits tragically close to home, explore the story of Preston Porter, Jr. , a fifteen-year-old African American teenager who was lynched near Limon, Colorado on November 16, 1900 by a large White mob.

Preston will be memorialized on November 14th, with a historical marker unveiling ceremony at Creekfront Park at 1300 Larimer Street. All are welcome to attend this memorial virtually.

Contact local organizer, Montana Stevenson at montanastevenson@gmail.com for more information.