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June 18, 2020 5:33 PM

DCR Juneteenth Essay Contest

June 2020


I hope this message finds you well amid the current unrest of the times. In an effort to keep our youth focused on the power of their voices and the promise of their future, The Department of Community Resources invites your school district to participate in our first Juneteenth Essay Contest. We have collaborated with other community-based organizations to award a prize to the 1st place submission from each participating school district. The contest is open to students entering 10th through 12th grades and should meet the following requirements:

Subject: Juneteenth is an observance honoring the day on which enslaved people of Texas were informed they were free. It was on June 19, 1865 – two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Communication barriers played a large role in keeping enslaved people in Texas from knowing they had gained freedom in the 1860s. What communication barriers exist between races today? What steps can young people in our towns take to overcome these barriers?

Essays must be 500-750 words in length. Submissions that do not meet this requirement, or that exceed it, will be disqualified.

Essays MUST be submitted as an attachment to an email. The essay should NOT have name or grade level anywhere in the document, but this information should be provided in the body of the cover email in the below format:

a. Students Name
b. School and Grade level
c. Contact phone number
e. Email address

Email submission to:
Subject line in email: DCR/TDYCC Juneteenth Essay Contest 2020 - student initials - school initials

Submission Deadline: June 29th by 5:00pm

We hope you are able to share in this opportunity to help the youth of our community consider how to use their strengths and abilities to make a positive change in the world around them.

Thank you for your support.


Andre G. Early, Commissioner
Department of Community Resources

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