BHM Contest 2022

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 3/11!

All high school-aged students in Rutland, Bennington and Addison counties are invited to be part of this years Black History Month contest. Building on the success of 2021’s BHM Essay Contest, we are expanding this year’s contest to include visual art and audio/video submissions.

PROMPT: Choose a law or policy below. Demonstrate how this perpetuates institutional racism.

CHOOSE FROM THE FOLLOWING LAWS/POLICIES:

SUBMISSIONS: Submissions can be in three categories:

  • Written – Essay, poetry, etc.
  • Visual – Paintings, digital art, sculpture, etc.
  • Audio/Video – Performance, animation, etc.

ELIGIBILITY: High school aged students in RUTLAND, BENNINGTON or ADDISON Counties

SUBMIT ENTRIES AND QUESTIONS TO VP3@NAACPRUTLAND.ORG. Deadline is March 11.

PRIZES: One winner in each category will receive $500.

This contest is co-sponsored by the Vermont Student Anti Racist Network (VSARN).


Press release:

Beginning February 1, the branch will be facilitating a Black History Month Contest for high school students in the Rutland, Bennington and Addison counties. The contest is co-sponsored by the Vermont Student Anti Racist Network (VSARN). The prompt for this year’s contest is to choose a law or policy from a list provided and demonstrate how it perpetuates racism.

The list of laws and policies include divisive concepts and qualified immunity among others.

“We are at a time where there is no doubt that there are institutional barriers built into our laws and policies that prevent us from moving forward as a nation to confront and eradicate racism.  We wanted to challenge students to think about how to identify and confront this injustice and we thought this contest would do just that,” said Mia Schultz, President of the Rutland Area NAACP branch.

The entries for the contest can be submitted in three categories

  • Written – Essay, poetry, etc.
  • Visual – Paintings, digital art, sculpture, etc.
  • Audio/Video – Performance, animation, etc.

One winner in each category will receive $500.

“This is a chance for students to have their voices heard on topics of racial justice that are too often not talked about. This is a chance for young people to learn, design and start important conversations in the community” said Addie Lentzner, founder of the Vermont Student AntiRacist Network.

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