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Please read all the rules and regulations before submitting the form. After the form is submitted please send by email the essay to naacpdek.essay@gmail.com You must include your phone number in the header of the essay and on the submittal form. The phone number will be your registration number.

DEKALB REMEMBRANCE PROJECT’S COLLEGE ESSAY CONTEST

Eligibility

The 2020 Racial Justice Essay Contest is open to all college students whose permanent address is in DeKalb County, Georgia and are enrolled in and working toward an undergraduate degree at one of the following colleges in DeKalb County, Georgia:

Agnes Scott College                                                  Emory University (DeKalb Campus)

Georgia Piedmont College (DeKalb Campus)         Georgia St. University (DeKalb Campus)          

Oglethorpe University (DeKalb Campus)                     Mercer University (DeKalb Campus)

Guidelines for Entries – Contest Instructions

Essay Topic/Question:   Why is it important to memorialize the victims of racial terrorism in DeKalb County?

Please read and consider the following information before writing your essay:

As the DeKalb county branch of the NAACP, in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative, prepares to place a memorial marker to the known and unknown victims of lynching in DeKalb County at the DeKalb County courthouse, we would like for students attending colleges in the county to research and write essays on the significance of this memorial.  Essays should address the victims being memorialized, but should also draw clear connections to current social issues and explain why future generations should not forget the era of racial terrorism in Georgia.  The essay question is intentionally broad, and each student may choose his or her own issues to be covered in his or her essay, but here are some ideas that could be considered.

  1. Has the fundamental narrative of white supremacy altered after the end of the era of lynching?
  2. Has the stereotype of African-Americans as being more prone to criminal activity, uncontrolled sexual activity, and violence changed? Are African-Americans still vulnerable to discrimination and violence inside and outside the criminal justice system because of this false stereotype?
  3. What was the fundamental motivation of those who participated in lynching? Does that purpose still exist and is it still present in different forms today?
  4. What do you think the effect of racial terrorism was on African-American societies where lynchings took place? How long do you think these effects lasted? What research can you provide to back your assertions?
  5. Why do you think that the era of racial terrorism is not more widely discussed? Were you aware of this history before taking part in this essay competition?
  6. What is the value of recognizing an injustice years after the death of the person who was murdered?
  7. Is the era of mass incarceration a continuation of slavery, racial terrorism, and segregation?

Submission Details

Contestants should include the attached entry form, which requests the name of the student, home address, email address, telephone number, name of the school the student attends title of the submission, and a word count.  The student will receive a confirmation his application was received.  Student essays should be between 1000 and 2000 words.   Research is strongly encouraged but not required.  Essays which are not the original work of the student will be disqualified.    The contest runs from February 1 through March 15, 2020.  Essays must be submitted via email by midnight March 15, 2020 to D. E. Smith at  naacpdek.essay@gmail.com or via mail (postmarked) to the following address:

NAACP DeKalb College Essay
c/o D. E. Smith
3011 Rainbow Dr., Suite 180A
Decatur, GA 30034

Awards

Scholarship awards will total at least $10,000.  Winners will be notified via phone or email, and receive their awards at a historical marker dedication ceremony planned for March 29, 2020.

Judging

Essays will be judged based on use of Critical Thinking and Writing Skills. DRP will select an independent panel to judge the essays.  The panel is expected to include educators, local elected officials, and community leaders.    All decisions of the Judges are final. 

To ensure anonymity, the student should use his ten digit telephone number as his registration number.  The student’s name and telephone number must appear on his registration form.  No name should appear on the student’s essay.  Instead, the student’s registration number (his telephone number) should appear on each page of his essay as a header.

Submission Details

Contestants should include the attached entry form, which requests the name of the student, home address, email address, telephone number, name of the school the student attends title of the submission, and a word count.  Student essays should be between 1000 and 2000 words.   Research is strongly encouraged but not required.  Essays that are not the original work of the student will be disqualified.    The contest runs from February 1 through March 15, 2020.  The completed application must be submitted by March 15, 2020. The essays must be submitted via email by midnight March 15, 2020, to D. E. Smith at naacpdek.essay@gmail.com or via mail (postmarked) to the following address:

NAACP DeKalb College Essay
c/o D. E. Smith
3011 Rainbow Dr., Suite 180A
Decatur, GA 30034

Registration Form

This form must be completed in order to enter the College Essay Contest.