Ouachita Parish Library Holding Essay Contest

Monroe -- OPPL’s 2014 Black History Essay Writing Contest has begun. The theme for this year is “Civil Rights in America.” A topic for each grade level is listed below along with the number of words. Essays must be typed, double-spaced with 1” margins, top, bottom and side, 12 point Times New Roman font, done individually and not as a group.

The contest is open to students in grades 4-12. Entries should be submitted to the Children’s Department at the Main Branch library, 1800 Stubbs Avenue, Monroe, Louisiana. An information sheet containing name, address, telephone number and/or email must accompany all entries to be considered for prizes. Essays will not be accepted without it. No names should be placed on the actual essay. All schools are encouraged to participate. Categories are as follows:

4th - 6th Grade (Minimum -100 words)
-Famous Fighters for Civil Rights.
Write about a person who participated in the move for civil rights.

7th- 8th Grade (Minimum - 200 words)
Do you think Black History Month should still be celebrated?
Why or why not?

9th - 12th Grade (250 - 500 words)
What is the significance of the Edmund Pettus Bridge and why is it a historical landmark?

The deadline for turning in all essays is Monday, February 3, 2014 by 8:00 p.m. at the Main branch. There will be no exceptions. Prizes and recognitions will be awarded on Thursday, February 27, 2014 @ 6:00 P.M. at the Main Branch Library, 1800 Stubbs Avenue in the Louis Lock Meeting Room. For more information, please contact
Main Children’s Department @ 318-327-1490 Ext. 3041.

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