2019 Black History Month Contest

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The Minorities in the Profession Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association is pleased to announce its annual BLACK HISTORY MONTH CONTEST for New Jersey high school students. This is an opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge and to encourage excellence in writing. We also aim to keep an open dialogue to educate our youth about the importance of Black History through this program.   

This year’s essay topic centers around birthright citizenship. To participate, students are asked to submit an essay (1500 words or less) in response to these questions:

1. Is the President of the United States permitted to change the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment by issuing an Executive Order?; and
2. Should birthright citizenship be eliminated?

Next, essay finalists and runners-up will have the opportunity to compete in a trivia contest on Thursday, February 21 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick for cash prizes:

First Place    $250.00 Gift Card
Second Place   $150.00 Gift Card
Third Place    $100.00 Gift Card
Runners-up     $25.00 Gift Card
Click here to download the official contest rules.

Click here to download the Trivia Contest Study Guide.

• Qualifying essays must be received by midnight January 9.
• Essay finalists/runners-up will be notified by mail, email or phone on February 12.
• Students must confirm their attendance and participation in the trivia contest by February 19.
• Students will compete in a trivia contest and receive awards on February 21 during the Black History Month Program. 
Black History Month Program 
Thursday, February 21, 2019 
6–9 p.m. 
New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick

Click here to register online
This is a FREE event featuring... 
• Trivia contest featuring essay winners
• Art Exhibit by local artist
• Music by the Trenton High School Orchestra
• Guest speaker, Paulette Brown, Esq. (the first African American female President of the American Bar Association)
• Award presentations and acknowledgements

To become a sponsor of this event, download the sponsor form here.
This program is presented by the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Minorities in the Profession Section.