2022 Black History Month Program

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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.
To participate, New Jersey high school students were asked to read the 2022 Essay Topic and submit an essay (1500 words or less) answering these questions:
What is the cultural relevance of today’s Hip Hop music?
Are the lyrics of artists like Lil Baby, Pop Smoke and Megan Thee Stallion a trivial source of entertainment, a reflection of reality or something else? And does it matter?
Discuss the relationship, if any, between Hip Hop lyrics and the behavior of young adults. 
Finally, consider the implications of criminal court cases like the case involving Hip Hop Artist, Tekashi69.
All essays must be received by midnight January 31.
All submissions become the property of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
The student must complete the official online entry form, which includes a stipulation that the essay is the student’s original work and has not been published elsewhere.
Entries must be submitted by the student through the official Essay Contest Submission website. (Click here to submit an essay.
Duplicate entries are not allowed. 
Each submission will be confirmed by email using the address supplied.
Essay finalists and runners-up will have the opportunity to compete in a trivia contest on February 24.
1st Place $500
2nd Place $300
3rd Place $200
Runners-up and honorable mentions will receive $100
Congratulations to our contest finalists: 
Viviana Telemaque, East Orange Stem Academy
Aida Sall, Weehawken High School
Kahmya Bridges, Asbury Park High School
Florisel Velez, Classical Conversations Home School
Arushi Vadlamani, Columbia High School  

Congratulations to our contest runners-up:
Delaney Casello, Mater Dei Prep
Yamilka Moreno, Passaic Academy for Science and Engineering
Emily Ruiz-Mejia, Asbury Park High School  
January 20 Essay submission deadline
February 14 Essay finalists and runners-up will be notified
February 18 Selected students must confirm attendance for Award Reception and Trivia Contest
2022 MIPS Black History Month Celebration
Thurs., February 24
6 - 8:30 p.m.

Click here to register  

Brach Eichler, LLC
Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C.
Garden State Bar Association
Hardin Kundla McKeon & Poletto
Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas, LLP
McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP
Parker Ibrahim & Berg LLP
Saiber, LLC
Supti Bhattacharya, Esq.   


Please consider becoming a sponsor for this event. Click here to download the sponsor form.