Selma Speech & Essay Contest Opens

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Selma Speech & Essay Contest Opens


Martin Luther King, Jr. used his words to change history, and so can our students

The National Liberty Museum’s Selma Speech & Essay Contest offers high school students an opportunity to write and videotape their reading of an original speech about a topic that couldn’t be more timely. Students can participate if they are ages 14-18 and enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the U.S. and its territories. 

After viewing the film Selma, contestants respond with an original 500-700 word speech and a videotaped reading of their speech on this topic: What do you think needs to be done today to protect individual freedom and self-determination? What are you doing or will you do to peacefully advance those rights? 

Grand prize: $5,000! Contest timeline: December 25, 2014 – January 30, 2015.