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Deadline for U.S. Embassy’s Black History Month essay extended

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The deadline for the U.S. Embassy’s Black History Month essay has been extended to Monday, February 14.{{more}}

Young essayists will get to match their skills with their counterparts across seven Eastern Caribbean nations for the chance to win the US$500 first prize.

With the holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday falling just a fortnight before the start of Black History Month, the competition also honors the life and legacy of the civil rights pioneer and Nobel Prize winner.

In their essays, students are asked to focus on a noteworthy African-American figure, past or present, who embodies the ideals espoused by Dr. King, describe the person’s life and importance and why they exemplify those ideals.

The contest is open to students aged 13-17 years in all of the nations the Embassy works. More information can be found on the Embassy’s Facebook page –