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Upper School Club Sponsors Competition in Recognition of Black History Month

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The Upper School’s Social Justice Club is sponsoring an essay competition in recognition and celebration of February’s Black History Month.
Students in grades nine through 12 may participate, and the essays will be judged by students and faculty who are members of the Social Justice Club and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. The winning essay will receive $100.00. To submit an entry, please share a Google document with Director of Student Support Services and Upper School Counselor Mrs. Pannill Titus at ptitus@nsacademy.org. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, February 25, 2021.


The United States’ civil rights movement has its origins in the Reconstruction era of the late 19th century with its largest legislative gains occurring in the 1950s and 1960s through grassroots movements and social action. Throughout this time period, there were many influential people involved in this social movement, some more well-known than others. In this creative writing piece, write from the perspective of a young adult in the 1950s and 1960s who is inspired by a person working for social change in the civil rights movement.


  • Double-spaced, one and a half pages minimum
  • Creative writing to include factual information with attached work cited page
  • Thoughtfully crafted and grammatically correct

If you have any questions about the criteria, please contact Social Justice Club student leaders Emma Conrod ‘22, Arya Barot ‘21 or McKinlee Goodloe ‘22.




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