This competition is open to students living in, or going to school in, Broward County, in grades 4-12. Interested students are encouraged to submit an original essay and/or a visual artwork on the subject “What Do Civil Rights in America Today Mean to You?” In general civil rights means that people have the right to be treated the same, including due process of law, equal protection of the laws, and freedom from discrimination. Your essay or artwork should consider the ongoing impact that the civil rights era has on the lives of Americans today. Your answer may include consideration of the following: The history of civil rights in America reveals that even when people had rights on paper, those rights often had to be fought for to be used. Sometimes the struggle was simply to communicate the need for those rights to be enforced, and sometimes action was required—whether in a court of law or through political efforts. Compare what Americans were fighting for at the time of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and what rights Americans are fighting for today. What do you consider your civil rights to be? What prevents you from fully exercising all of your civil rights in today’s society? What action might be necessary in order to use your rights? Will your rights still be available if no one fights for them? How do you change laws or customs which prevent you from exercising civil rights? Is every person provided the same civil rights, protection, and equality under the law, regardless of when or where they live?
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How to Win Winning entries will be determined by evaluators from the Broward County African-American Research Library and Cultural Center based on merit, originality, and message (including grammar and spelling for essays). There will be one winner for the essay and one for the artwork in each of three groups: Grades 4-6, Grades 7-9, and Grades 10-12. Best Buy is sponsoring all prizes. All entries must be submitted to the Broward County African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, Youth Services Section by 6 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2014. Prizes will be awarded after the end of the contest period at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center. Limitations/Disqualification In the event that the Broward County African-American Research Library and Cultural Center is unable to contact any of the winners by 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 6, 2014, another winner will be determined from all remaining eligible entry forms. Broward County Library is not responsible for any incomplete or illegible entry forms. Publicity/Release By participating, all participants and winners grant Broward County Library exclusive permission to use their names, characters, photographs, voices, and likenesses in connection with the promotion of this and other contests and waive any claims to royalty, rights or remuneration for such use. Prize Delivery The prizes will be awarded in person at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center on or after February 8, 2014. Winners must show a valid ID such as a school photo identification card or recent report card.