2020 Theme: WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS TO VOTE IN WESTERN NEW YORK ?
The essay should address some of these questions: Who is eligible to vote in Western New York? What are some of the changes that happened because people voted or did not vote? Are people being responsible citizens when they vote? Should 18 year olds be required to vote? What are some important issues in Western New York? You may also use a summary of interviews with African American voters or elected officials in your essay. Explain how African Americans should use their power to change their lives or community by voting.
The essay contest is open to all students in grades 4-12. Entry must be received by SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2020 at the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Branch Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue or emailed to AAHANFWoodson@gmail.com. Your NAME, ADDRESS, TELEPHONE NUMBER, SCHOOL AND GRADE MUST BE WRITTEN ON YOUR ENTRY.
Entry judged on originality, contest and neatness.
Cash prizes will be awarded in three categories: Grades 4-6; Grades 7-9; Grades 10-12
First prize - $100 Second prize - $75 Third prize - $50
ONLY WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THE AWARDS PROGRAM
Winning entries will be read by the participants at the African American History Program at the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Branch Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 1 pm. They will also be printed in Historically Speaking, Spring 2020.
Sponsored by the Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier with support from the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library – Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Branch, Buffalo Public Schools – Dept. of Social Studies, Zawadi Books and others to be announced.