Black History Month – Creative Opportunities for Youth

The theme or this year’s Black History Month is “The Crisis in Black Education,” a theme that sparks a multitude of events, tools and approaches, some of which will show up in forthcoming posts.  Legal Services Corporation has issued a unique challenge to students that takes precedence because there are deadlines involved — and students occasionally need early notice to meet deadlines……

LSC challenges young learners, future leaders, to think creatively about the implications of “The Crisis in Black Education” on their own lives.  Creative folks that they are, they think in special ways about how students may want to express their thoughts — in writing ( essays/poetry/short story ), video, art/photography or music.

Attached here are the guidelines for each category.  Though there’s not a lot of time till entries are due creative energy may be pent up, ready to be shared through the arts.  LSC envisions artistic expression that moves young minds beyond news and data into free expression of ideas and feelings!

PARTNERING FOR THE FUTURE
2017 BLACK HISTORY MONTH CHALLENGE

The Crisis in Black Education – How Am I Impacted?

CHALLENGE GUIDELINES – ESSAY/POETRY/SHORT STORY

  •  Essay, short story, or poem must be written based on the theme The Crisis in Black Education – How Am I Impacted.
  •  Essay, short story, or poem submission must be solely the student’s original work.
  •  The essay, short story, or poem must clearly reflect the student’s point of view (e.g., an essay should not simply be a report of historical facts).
  •  Essay, short story, or poem must not include any offensive or derogatory language.
  •  Essay or short story must be a minimum of 1,000 words and not exceed three (3) typed pages (double spaced) on 8-1/2 X 11 in font size 12.
  •  Poem should not exceed two (2) typed pages (double spaced) on 8-1/2 X 11 in font size 12. No minimum number of words.
  •  Submission must include the student’s name and grade.
  •  Must be accompanied by a submission form.
  •  Submissions that do not adhere to all of the challenge guidelines will not be eligible.
  •  All entries must be submitted to the Legal Services Corporation by no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2017 to qualify. No late submissions will be accepted.

Submit entry by email, fax, or postal mail.

o Email address: BHM@lsc.gov
o Fax: 202-337-6797, attention Black History Month Challenge
o Mailing address: LSC, Black History Month Challenge, 3333 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007

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PARTNERING FOR THE FUTURE
2017 BLACK HISTORY MONTH CHALLENGE

The Crisis in Black Education – How Am I Impacted?

CHALLENGE GUIDELINES – MUSIC

  •  Music must be original and representative of the theme: The Crisis in Black Education – How Am I Impacted.
  •  Music submission must be solely student’s original work.
  •  Music submission must not include any offensive or derogatory language.
  •  Music submission should be a minimum of one (1) minute in length and not more than four (4) minutes.
  •  Music should be submitted as an MP file or as a video file and must include the typed lyrics.
  •  Music submissions must include an explanation or description of how the music relates to the theme. Explanation/description must be typed and double-spaced and include the student’s name and grade.
  •  Entry must be accompanied by a submission form.
  •  Submissions that do not adhere to all of the challenge guidelines will not be eligible.
  •  All entries must be submitted to the Legal Services Corporation by no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2017 to qualify. No late submissions will be accepted.

Submit entry by email, fax, or postal mail.

o Email address: BHM@lsc.gov
o Fax: 202-337-6797, attention Black History Month Challenge
o Mailing address: LSC, Black History Month Challenge, 3333 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007

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PARTNERING FOR THE FUTURE
2017 BLACK HISTORY MONTH CHALLENGE

The Crisis in Black Education – How Am I Impacted?

CHALLENGE GUIDELINES – VIDEO

  •  Video must be solely the student’s original work.
  •  Video must be no longer than 5 minutes.
  •  Video must not include any offensive or derogatory language or images.
  •  Videos may be submitted with a web link to an accessible video website such as YouTube or Vimeo.
  •  Video submissions must include an explanation or description of the work and its connection to the theme. Explanation/description should be typed on an 8 1/2” x 11” sheet of paper and include the student’s name and grade.
  •  Video must be accompanied by a submission form.
  •  Submissions that do not adhere to all of the challenge guidelines will not be eligible.
  •  All entries must be submitted to the Legal Services Corporation by no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2017 to qualify. No late submissions will be accepted.

Submit entry by email, fax, or postal mail.

o Email address: BHM@lsc.gov
o Fax: 202-337-6797, attention Black History Month Challenge
o Mailing address: LSC, Black History Month Challenge, 3333 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007

Video must be representative of the theme: The Crisis in Black Education – How Am I Impacted.

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PARTNERING FOR THE FUTURE
2017 BLACK HISTORY MONTH CHALLENGE

The Crisis in Black Education – How Am I Impacted?

CHALLENGE GUIDELINES – ART/PHOTOGRAPHY

  •  Art/photography work must be solely the student’s original work.
  •  Art/photography may be drawings (color pencils, crayons, charcoal, markers, etc.), paintings (oil, acrylic, watercolor), paper collages, and/or photographs.
  •  Art/photography must be no larger than 24” x 36” and must be mounted on foam poster board or other rigid surface.
  •  Art/photography must not include any offensive or derogatory language or images.
  •  Artistic submissions must include an explanation or description of the work and its connection to the theme. Explanation/description should be typed on an 8 1/2” x 11” sheet of paper and include the student’s name and grade.
  •  Must be accompanied by a submission form.
  •  Submissions that do not adhere to all of the challenge guidelines will not be eligible.
  •  All entries must be submitted to the Legal Services Corporation by no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2017 to qualify. No late submissions will be accepted.

Submit entry by email, fax, or postal mail.

o Email address: BHM@lsc.gov
o Fax: 202-337-6797, attention Black History Month Challenge
o Mailing address: LSC, Black History Month Challenge, 3333 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007

 

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