All high school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District are invited to participate in the essay contest sponsored by the LAUSD and the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper.

Submissions are now being accepted until February 18, at 8 p.m. The winner will be announced and the winning article will be published in the L.A. Sentinel on February 24.

Participants can select one of the following topics to write about:

  • Why is it important that Black History is taught in school?
  • Who is the most influential African American leader today? Why?

Essays must be at least 1,000 words long and cannot exceed 3,000 words.  Essays must be emailed to [email protected].

The submissions will be judged on the quality of the analysis, quality of research, and form, style and mechanics. Successful entries will answer all aspects of the prompt. All qualifying essays will be ranked through several rounds of judging. Also, all decisions of the judges are final.

Each submission should also include the student’s first and last name, the name of the school that the student attends, the student’s phone number and email address, and the student’s parent or guardian’s phone number and email address.