African American History Month Essay Competition

In honor of African American History Month, we invite you to write an essay or story in English or Ukrainian of no more than 500 words highlighting some aspect of African American History. You might, for example, write a story about your own experiences with African Americans (in real life or via the media), tackle some interesting part of African American History, or discuss how the African American experience parallels (or doesn’t parallel) the experience of ethnic minorities in Ukraine. Or come up with your own creative possibilities!

The winner of the competition will receive a collection of Jazz music and classic books by African American authors, and the winning entry will be posted on our blog!

Terms and conditions: Only Ukrainian citizens over the age of 13 who are living in Ukraine are eligible to participate in this competition. Neither employees or contractors of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine nor their immediate family members are eligible for this competition. Entries should be sent as text, Word documents, or PDF to USEmbassykyiv@gmail.com; only those entries received by 11.59pm Ukraine time on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 will be considered by the judges, who will be selected from the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv. Entries which plagiarize from existing texts will be disqualified. Participants retain ownership of the essays submitted to the competition. However, submission of an essay or story constitutes acknowledgment of the right of the U.S. Embassy to use, reproduce, or distribute, without royalty, any portion or all of the submission on our blog, Facebook page, Embassy website, other social media platform, or in print.

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