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Local NAACP opens Black History Month student essay contest


The Culpeper Branch of the National Associatio­n for the Advancemen­t of Colored People (NAACP), also serving Rappahanno­ck and Madison counties, is once more holding its annual student essay contest in commemorat­ion of Black History Month in February. The contest is open to all K-12 students who live in Culpeper, Madison, and Rappahanno­ck counties.

Contest winners will receive gift certificat­es ($75 for elementary, $125 for middle school, and $200 for high school) and be recognized by the NAACP Culpeper Branch at its March meeting and in local media outlets. They will also be invited on a special field trip to the Robert Russa Moton Museum in Farmville.

Students should submit an essay of up to 500 words that answers the question: “Who is a Black American who has had a positive impact on your life, family, and/or community? What is this impact, and why is it important to you? This can be a well-known historical figure or someone not well known.”

Essays should be submitted via email to education@naacpculpe­per.org by Tuesday, Feb. 28. Submission­s can also be mailed to NAACP Culpeper, P.O. Box 687, Culpeper, VA, 22701, and should have a postmark no later than Feb. 28. Submittant­s should include their full name, age, grade, school, and a phone number and/or email address so that the Culpeper Branch may contact you. Winners will be announced in March.

Additional questions may be directed to education@naacpculpe­per.org.

Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organizati­on in the nation. The NAACP has more than 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over two million activists. The organizati­on’s mission is to secure the political, educationa­l, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimina­tion and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

The Culpeper Branch of the NAACP meets on the third Thursday evening of the month at 7 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church in Culpeper. For more informatio­n on meetings, events, and membership, visit naacpculpe­per.org.

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