NAACP Savannah Branch Sponsors Essay Contest

The Savannah branch of the NAACP is challenging what students know about the groundbreaking case that ended federally-sanctioned racial segregation in public schools. Next year marks 50 years since the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Brown vs. the Board of Education. On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court ruled that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." Now, the NAACP is asking students to write about the impact of the ruling in an essay contest.

"What is the effect on education in Savannah? What is the effect on American education? Has it helped or hurt? Is education equal today, is it not equal today? We want to encourage people to think and provide some incentive for their thinking," explained Gwendolyn Fortson Waring, the project chairperson for the essay contest.

The contest is open to all high school and college students. The essay can be no longer than 350 words, double spaced on white or off-white letter-sized paper. The margins should be standard one inch margins, with no clip art or graphics. Each essay must begin with your choice of one of the following questions: What is the effect of Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka: 1. On education in Savannah? 2. On American education today? 3. How has it helped or hurt education today? 4. Is education truly equal now? 5. Did it create equal educational opportunities?

Prizes awarded for college students: First Prize: $750. Second Prize: $500. Third Prize: $250. Prizes awarded for high school students: First Prize: $500. Second Prize: $300. Third Prize: $200.

All applicants must be registered high school or college students. Essays should be postmarked by February 29, 2004. Entries can be mailed to: Savannah Branch NAACP, 918-B Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31415 Winners will be announced at the March 28, 2004 NAACP mass meeting. For more information, call the NAACP Savannah branch at (912) 233-4161.