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Racial Justice Essay Contest

The Essay Contest provides a critical intergenerational engagement with young people that will inherit a community still plagued by the legacy of racial terror lynching.

EJI sponsors an essay contest for public high school students. Students in grades 9-12 are challenged to write an essay that reflects on a historical event and connects it to present-day issues and their lived experiences. EJI typically chooses 4 to 5 winners and awards at least $5,000 in scholarships and prizes. The winners will be announced before the end of the school year.

Statesboro-Bulloch Essay Contest Website
Submission Deadline: April 15, 2024

Information Workshops

  • Tuesday, February 13, 5:30 p.m., Statesboro Regional Library

  • Monday, March 11, 5:30 p.m., Statesboro Regional Library


Members of the Statesboro-Bulloch Remembrance Coalition are available to serve as writing mentors for students writing essays. Contact Adrianne McCollar at





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Racial Terror is American and not just a phenomenon of the South.  Explore Map of Violence


The dehumanizing myth of racial difference endures today because we don’t talk about it.  The Racial Justice Essay Contest begins that conversation for young people.

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