Sadie T.M. Alexander Social Justice Essay Contest Begins on January 8, 2020


For the second year in a row, DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. will host the Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Social Justice Essay Contest for high school students at The U School. The objective of this contest is for high school student participants to think critically about the challenges that existed and remain for black and brown people in America. Participants will also use Alexander's narrative as a starting point for thinking about some issues that affect marginalized people of color. Students will also consider their definitions of “justice” and “progress” to serve as a basis for change.

There will be four winners. One first place winner and runner-up for 9th and 10th grades and 11th and 12th grades. We will announce the winners in late February 2020. First place winners will be awarded 100-dollar visa gift cards and second place winners will be awarded 75-dollar visa gift cards.

The essay prompt and directives will be available on our website under "essay contest" and in pdf form on January 8, 2020. All essays must be submitted via email by February 18, 2020 at noon. No late essays will be considered and all submissions will be screened for plagiarism.

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