Legacy Essay Contest

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This is to announce the Legacy Essay Contest for high school juniors and seniors on the legacy and lessons of the Civil Rights Movement.

The Legacy Essay Contest is a partnership of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the National Education Association (NEA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and Karz Productions.

The Legacy Essay Contest is part of the Legacy and Lessons Project, which includes the Legacy Lesson Plan and the PBS Legacy documentary, featuring screenings with panel discussions at high schools, colleges, and universities across the country that are being presented by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the National Council of Negro Women. Please go to www.legacyandlessons.com.

The aim of the Legacy and Lessons project is to dramatize the relevance of history for understanding and addressing current social and political challenges. The aim is also to clarify the legacy that made the election of our first African-American president possible and to foster mutual understanding and respect.

The deadline for essay submissions is December 15, 2009.