Essay contest is announced

Posted January 12, 2006

The Martha's Vineyard Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) has announced its second annual essay contest. The contest is open to Vineyard students in grades nine through 12.

Contestants are invited to write on one of nine suggested African American historical topics.

Cash awards will be given to the top two essays at each grade level. Winning students will be invited to present summaries of their essays at the organization's annual Summer Program in August and will appear on local TV programs.

This year's contest will be in memory of Della B. Hardman (1922-2005) - educator, artist, community activist, long-time Vineyard Gazette columnist, and an ASALH member and supporter.

The deadline for submitting an essay is March 31, 2006. Winners will be announced in April 2006.

Details about the contest, including requirements and guidelines, are available at: Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, Island libraries, the MV Branch of the NAACP, and the Wampanoag Tribal Council. ASALH was founded in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, historian, in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to research, study, interpret, preserve and promote information about Black history, life, and culture to the global community. ASALH is the official sponsor of the nation's Black History Month observance each February.

The Martha's Vineyard Branch, one of 52 across the country, was founded in March 2002, and has 80 members. The Branch supports the study of African American history in schools, homes, churches, community groups, businesses, and government.

For more information or to receive the official contest announcement, write to: Essay Contest, MV-ASALH, P.O. 2182, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557