Black History Month Essay and Film Competition

 Fulton County District 5 Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington, Jr. is hosting essay and film competitions to celebrate Black History Month. The contest will reward teens and young adults that live in Fulton County. Students participating in the contest are asked to respond to the following prompt: “Why my unsung hero should be celebrated during Black History Month.”

Students are asked to use that request to write an essay or create a video about a 20th-century figure who made a significant contribution to Black progress and American history in the areas of science, government, or education. Essays should be approximately 1500 words in length, 12 point font, and double spaced. Videos should be no more than 10 minutes in length.

The top prize winners in the essay and video categories each will receive a $500 prize, while second and third prize recipients in each category receive $300 and $200 respectively. The competition is sponsored by the Jarvis Hayes Foundation and the Friends of Wolf Creek.

Competition submissions are due by Friday, February 19, 2021, with the winners in the film and essay categories to be announced on Friday, February 26, 2021. Please submit entries to

For more information regarding the competition, please visit the District 5 website at

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