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Black History Month Essay & Poster Contest

The Tribune-Democrat, the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and the Ron Fisher African American History Educational Fund are presenting an opportunity for area young people to celebrate Black History Month in February through essays and posters.

The essay and poster contests are open to students in all area schools. Cash prizes and plaques will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place winners in each contest. This year, even more categories and age divisions will be offered, and The Tribune-Democrat will again publish the works online and in print.

The categories:

• For pupils in kindergarten through Grade 4: Depict a Black History moment in a poster. Posters should be no larger than 24 inches by 36 inches.

• For students in fifth through eighth grades: Depict a current Black History event or current Black History leader from within the past 20 years. Posters and short films are permitted. Posters should be no larger than 24 inches by 36 inches.

• For students in ninth through 12th grades: In an essay, answer this question: “What does an inclusive culture look like to you, and how can you positively influence that vision for others?” Essays should not exceed 550 words.

The deadline for all entries is 5 p.m. Feb. 4, 2022.

A portal for uploading entries—either as documents or images (PDF or jpeg)—is available by clicking the button below.

Beginning Jan. 10, submissions may be delivered to The Tribune-Democrat: 425 Locust St., Johnstown, 15907.

The winners will be announced and published in The Tribune-Democrat on Saturday, Feb. 26.

The Black History Month contest is an initiative of the Ron Fisher African American History Educational Fund, The Tribune-Democrat and Community Foundation for the Alleghenies.

Contest sponsorships are available (CLICK HERE to email CFA Director of Donor Services Katrina Perkosky for information) and will help create opportunities for local students to learn and experience African American history. Those interested in supporting such initiatives also can make a secure, online donation to the fund by CLICKING HERE.

You can also check out a podcast about the contest and the fund with Bo Moore, host of “Laurel Highlands Live” by CLICKING HERE.

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