Thursday, January 13, 2011

CASH PRIZES for OPPL Black History Essay Contest!

Be sure to get your entries in for the Annual OPPL Black History Essay Contest! The theme this year is "A Soul To Behold: The Timeless Inspiration of African-American Women." You could win CASH for your essay!

Essay entries must highlight at least one African-American woman who has inspired you. The woman or women chosen may be famous, or someone in your life who has had a positive influence on you.

Essay prompt: African-American women have been inspirational to many generations and communities. What notable African-American woman or women have inspired you, or had a positive influence on you?
Discuss which of the following attributes your subject demonstrates: Wisdom, Courage, Perseverance, Sacrifice, Resourcefulness, Grace, Faith, Creativity, Unity, Tradition, Love, or any other qualities you admire.


  1. Essays are to be submitted from students in grades 3-12 and must contain the number of words as described below for each age group.
  2. Participants must include name, grade, school, telephone number, and email address if applicable, on the back of essay.
  3. All essays must be typed in 12-pt. Times New Roman or Arial font, and free of spelling and grammatical errors. Page margins should be 1”. Please proofread essays before submitting.
  4. Submit essays at the public library closest to you.All essays must be received by Friday, January 21, 2011 before 6:00 pm. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.


Elementary                           Grades 3-5                                 100 words or more

Middle School/Junior High    Grades 6-8                                 250 words or more

High School                          Grades 9-12                               500 words or more

For more information, call Louise Williams Branch Library at 318-327-5422 or Main Branch Library
Children’s Department at 318-327-1490 Ext. 3041.

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