The Carter G. Woodson 2021 Black History Essay Competition for Students in Grades 10-12 and at Marshall University


New Deadline

The Carter G. Woodson 2021 Black History Essay Competition

for Students in Grades 10-12 and at Marshall University

Sponsor : Omega Psi Phi, Marshall University

Cosponsor : The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum,

Marshall University


Corey Cunningham, cunningha189@marshall. edu,

or Professor Burnis Morris, .


There are four separate divisions for the competition based on three high school levels — for

students in grades 10, 11, and 12 — and one level for all Marshall University students.


$100 each to winners in grades 10, 11, and 12; $150 to the Marshall University winner


By 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020


The 2021 local Black History theme is “Diversity and Racial Justice.” For background on the

theme and information about Dr. Woodson, a former Huntington educator, and Father of Black

History, please visit:

Carter G. Woodson: The Early Years, 1875 – 1903



Essays will be judged on

● The extent to which students effectively express the need for diversity and racial justice

in keeping with Dr. Woodson’s Work.

● Correct use of spelling, grammar, and sentence structure.

● Organization, arguments, and conclusions also will be considered by judges.


Please note the following requirements:

1. The student’s name and grade level should be typed on the top left of the page (line 1).

Marshall students should state their names, year in school, and major on the top line.

2. On line 2, type the essay’s — “Need for Diversity and Racial Justice” — flush left or

centered. Begin the composition on line 3, flush left. Separate paragraphs with line


3. Page setup should be 1-inch margins, and text should be double-spaced using a 12-point

font in Times New Roman. Essays should be submitted only in Microsoft Word. Please

avoid Google docs because they often require permissions that correspondents forget to


4. Create a name for the Word doc to be attached in this style: Your

Lastname_BlackHistoryEssay_2021 (Example: Morris_BlackHistoryEssay_2021).


Scan the entry form (located below) and email it with the essay as on attachments to Professor

Burnis Morris, The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum: . Students may also

print the form and essay and mail them to Professor Burnis Morris, SOJMC, 1 John Drive,

Marshall University, Huntington, WV 25755. Contact us if you prefer to hand deliver the printed

documents. However, the deadline for entries to reach us remains unchanged.

Deadline by 5 p.m., Sunday, November 22, 2020


Dr. Carter G. Woodson is considered the Father of Black History. He received his high school

diploma from Frederick Douglass High School in Huntington, West Virginia, in 1896, and

returned four years later as principal. A statue of Dr. Woodson is located at 820 Hall Greer

Blvd., in Huntington. About Dr. Woodson:

Other Important Information

● Winners must complete paperwork for payments of the awards.

● Winners (including parents/guardians of minors) grant permission for use of the winning

essays in printed forms and online in various promotions.

● Winners are expected to attend the awards program, which will likely be virtual, in

February dinner at Marshall in February.

● Visit , where this information also will be available.

Application and Consent Form to Be Submitted with Essay

I am submitting the attached essay for consideration in the 2020-2021 Carter G. Woodson

Black History Essay Contest. I understand that by entering this contest if my essay is selected

as a winner, I am granting Omega Psi Phi and Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum at Marshall

University permission to publish and use my essay in all of their promotions.

Print or type Name of Student ___________ _____________________ Age ____________

Student’s Street Address _____________________ City ______________ State_______

Student’s email address _____________________ Phone# _________________

Grade in school or year in college _____ Name of school __________________________

Location of school City___________, State ______

Are you a Marshall Student _____ If yes, what is your major? _______________________

Signature of student _______________________

Signature of Parent or Guardian if Student is under 18 ________________________

Print or type name of parent or guardian _________________ Phone# __________________

Parent or guardian’s email ______________________________

Complete the above form and scan and attach it to the essay. Students also may print the

form and mail the typed essay. Email: . Or US mail: Professor Burnis

Morris, The Carter G. Woodson Lyceum, 1 John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25755

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