Entries Due June 19 for Student Essay and Art Competition for March on Washington Commemoration

Entries Due June 19 for Student Essay and Art Competition for March on Washington Commemoration

The Caucus of African American Leaders (CAAL) has been an active community organization at the forefront of human and civil rights and social and racial justice for over ten years. This year, CAAL is planning a commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the August 1963 March on Washington (MOW) in our state’s capitol. This two-day commemoration event will include a reenactment of the March and its program Saturday, August 26thfollowed by a Worship service Sunday, August 27th. The theme for this event is “Together We Can Be The Dream As We Commemorate, Educate, Activate.”  The CAAL also plans a Youth Essay and Art competition related to the commemoration

Chesapeake Crossroads has been asked to share this event with parents, networks of friends, church families, organizations, and colleagues, to encourage students in middle and high schools to enter the essay and art competition.

Middle and High school students (grades 6-8 and 9-12) who reside in Maryland and meet the qualifications are invited to be a part of this historical event by participating in the MOW Youth Essay and Art competition.  Students are asked to reflect and respond through original creative writing or art expression to the following:

“Since the 1963 March on Washington, what has changed? We are still marching for jobs, freedom, housing, social and racial justice, voting rights, and more than sixty years later. As a call to action, how would you make changes to commemorate, educate or activate, working together to achieve the dream?”

Parents, Guardians, or Adults requesting an application for students to participate in the MOW Youth Essay and Art Competition must send an email to [email protected] with the subject of  (MOW Youth Essay and Art Competition). 

Who:  Middle and High school students (grades 6-8 and 9-12) enrolled in Maryland schools and residing within the state of Maryland

WHAT: The Caucus of African American Leaders, March on Washington Youth Essay and Art Competition

WHEN: Youth Essay and Art Competition starts on Friday, May 19 and ends no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 19, 2023

WHERE: Winners will be awarded and all participants will be recognized in Annapolis and Glen Burnie in person, on August 26 and 27, 2023 during the two-day event

HOW: When requesting an application, please provide the city and county, school name, grade, category of interest, return email address, and cell number

If you want more information, please send an email to Anita Neal Powell, Chair, Youth Outreach Engagement Committee, March on Washington 60th Anniversary at [email protected]

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