The City of Bloomington Black History Month Planning Committee has announced the winners of their 2017 Black History Month Essay Contest. The essay topic, Illuminating the Gifts of Black Women, could be written about Marian Anderson, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Mary McLeod Bethune, Misty Copeland, Ava DuVernay, Lorraine Hansberry, Fannie Lou Hamer, Toni Morrison, Michelle Obama, Sojourner Truth, or Serena Williams.
For Elementary and Middle School students, their 350-500 word essays had to include the following components:
What are/were the subjects gifts to the United States, and how did she influence or help change our society?
What personal traits and skills of the subject do you admire, and how do these traits inspire your own life and goals?
What are/were the subjects gifts to America, and how did she influence or help change our society?