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?
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.