RACIAL JUSTICE ESSAY CONTEST
Meaningful scholarship opportunity for 9th-12th grade students in Auburn, Opelika, and Lee County public high schools as well as 2022 graduates of public schools.
All 9th-12th grade students of Auburn, Opelika, and Lee County public high schools in addition to 2022 graduates are eligible to submit an essay. Students are asked to examine the history of a specific racial injustice topic as well as its legacy today. Examples of topics include the creation of Lee County, racial terror lynchings in Lee County, the desegregation of Lee County City Schools, and more. Cash prizes will be awarded to all winners thanks to our partnership with NAACP Lee County AL Branch #5038.
Winners will be announced at the Day of Remembrance Ceremony on Saturday Nov. 5th 2022, 10a, on the Lee County Courthouse Square.
ESSAY RESEARCH RESOURCES
Local History Panel Discussion
Ms. Selena Daniels, Mr. Wilbert Payne, Jr., Ms. Jean Madden and Mr. John Harris
To assist students research and understanding of local Lee County (and American) history, four Lee County residents shared their stories and experiences while growing up during integration in Lee County and advice they have for students today.
Click here to view highlights from this video.
Alabama Department of Archives and History
Reference Coordinator, Courtney Pinkard
Learn how to:
Search the ADAH online catalogs to identify digitized documents, photographs and records for your topic area
Explore the ADAH Youtube channels to learn more about your research theme and topic
Research to Preserve African American Stories and Traditions
Coordinator, Dr. Rob Bubb
rPAAST's mission, research and research process
How to search for digitized newspaper articles on newspapers.com and explore geneology sites like ancestry and family tree
Rosenwald database example
Newspapers.com (see login information above)
2021 AWARD WINNERS
Our inaugural racial justice essay contest drew many inspiring submissions! We are grateful for every student who invested their time to research and more fully understand vitally important issues of racial justice. 8 essays were chosen as our 2021 award winners:
Mary Ellen Lancaster