In honor of Black History Month, Assemblyman Philip Ramos (D-Central Islip) is once again sponsoring his annual Black History Month essay contest. The contest enables Suffolk middle school students to celebrate African-American achievements through writing.
The first annual Negro History Week was celebrated in the second week of February 1926, marking the birthdays of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. The holiday has since evolved into the four-week-long celebration of African-American history recognized today.
“African-Americans have had a tremendous impact on our country, both socially and culturally. Encouraging our children to write about their countless contributions is a great way to cultivate their knowledge of African-American achievements and a wonderful way to celebrate Black History Month,” Ramos said.
The contest poses this suggested topic: “There are many significant people in black history. Who is the most influential to you and why?” Students, however, are also free to write on a topic of their choice. Awards will be given to a selection of the top essayists from local middle schools.
Essays should be mailed, faxed or e-mailed to Assemblyman Ramos’ district office by February 29.
Assemblyman Phil Ramos
1010 Suffolk Ave.
Brentwood, NY 11717
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