BAYONNE, NJ - 6th and 7th grade students living in Bayonne have been invited to participate in an essay/poetry contest in honor of Black History Month.

Sponsored by Mayor Jimmy Davis and the Bayonne Youth Center, the contest asks students to answer one of the following questions: 

  • How can we do more as a community to highlight positive African-American history in schools other than just during February?

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  • Why do you feel that Black History is important?

  • Other than people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Frederick Douglass, which unsung African-American hero do you aspire to be like?

  • If you had the opportunity to create a memorial in our town for an African-American, who would it be and why?

 Students can submit their answer in the form of an essay of not more than 400 words, or as a free verse, blank verse, or rhymed poem.  

Poems should be at least 15 lines and can be in any style: narrative, sonnet, ode, etc. Poetic imagery is encouraged.  

All submissions must be original work, typed and double-spaced in Times New Roman size 12 font.

Submissions must be submitted through the student’s teacher by Wednesday, February 13, and include a title page with the student’s name, grade, home address, e-mail address, and telephone number.

While prizes will be given for the top three submissions a selection of student submissions will be displayed at the Bayonne Youth Center’s annual luncheon that will be held at the Bayonne Community Museum on Sunday, February 24.