Local Black Lives Matter sponsors essay contest

Black Lives Matter of Columbus will host a back-to-school writing contest for middle school and high school students. A $100 scholarship will be awarded to the winner of each of two categories.

These scholarships will be given in the name of Donell Sallard “to pay homage to the impact he had on this community, especially as a role model for children,” according to Brittany King, the organization’s founder. “Everyone knew him as a great singer, but he was also a great father, a great teacher/mentor for children and had plans on becoming a foster parent.”

The contest, which opens today, will go through July 23, with the winner announced July 31. Participants must live in Bartholomew County.

Entrants should email Black Lives Matter of Columbus at blacklivesmattercolumbus@gmail.com with the subject line titled “BLMC Writing Contest – your name.”

Within the email, entrants should include their full name, grade-level by August, title of essay from the three writing prompts, and then an essay of 500 to 1,000 words.

The writing prompts are:

  • What does Black Lives Matter mean to you?
  • What does equity in the United States look like?
  • Why is the Black Lives Matter movement important?
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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.