Black History Month 2015 | A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture


Black History Month Student Challenge Overview

The 2015 Black History Month Theme: A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture

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In celebration of Black History Month, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is sponsoring the Partnering for the Future Black History Month Student Challenge. 

Students are invited to submit written or visual arts entries (see specifics below). All entries must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, February 13, 2015

LSC will recognize and award prizes to the winners, and they will be invited to participate in the LSC Black History Month program and luncheon held at LSC offices.


LSC requests that school principals, administrators, teachers and other staff support the Challenge by encouraging student participation, as well as by including it in the class curriculum, if possible.  Detailed Challenge information and guidelines will be provided.

LSC’s "Partnering for the Future Black History Month Student Challenge" offers students an opportunity to reflect on and share their thoughts about important events and developments in African American history, and to compete for an award, public recognition, and great prizes.   


The Challenge is open to students currently enrolled at schools invited by LSC to participate. 

Participants must be students in good standing, with that status verified by the principal, teacher, guidance counselor or other designated school representative.


Student Challenge entries must be representative of the challenge theme A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture (1915-2015): The Legacy I Stand Upon; What Does It Mean to Me?

Students can make Challenge submissions of their own original work through a variety of medium in one of two categories:

1. Written Submissions – Examples of acceptable written submissions include:

  • Essay representative of the theme
  • Short story representative of the theme
  • Poem representative of the theme

2. Visual Art Submissions – Examples of acceptable visual art submissions include:

  • Artwork representative of the theme in a medium of student’s choosing (e.g. painting, collage, pen and ink, etc.)
  • Photographic illustration representative of the theme
  • Video presentation representative of the theme
  • Music presentation representative of the theme


  • Limit one entry per student in one category.
  • All entries must be accompanied by a submission form.
  • All entries must be solely the student’s original work.
  • Student submissions may be made by email, fax, or postal mail.
    • Email address:
    • Fax: 202-337-6797, attention Black History Month Challenge
    • Mailing address: LSC, Black History Month Challenge, 3333 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007
  • All entries must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, February 13, 2015 to qualify. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • Theme overview and submission guidelines for each category can be downloaded by clicking here. (PDF)

Challenge Judging

  • The school will select the top three submissions (at least one written and one visual arts submission, if possible) that best represent the Challenge theme and will send those submissions to LSC for consideration as finalists.
  • Judging will be based on understanding of the theme, originality, adherence to format and guidelines, creativity, organization and, as relevant, grammatical accuracy.
  • Judging decisions are final.
  • The school will be notified of the Challenge winners no later than February 24, 2014.


  • The winners will be invited to attend LSC’s Black History Month Luncheon. One student will be selected to present his or her work and briefly discuss his or her creative influences.
  • The school will designate a teacher or administrator to accompany the students to the Black History Month Luncheon and provide necessary transportation. 
  • Parents/guardians or other family members (no more than two per student) also are invited to attend the luncheon. Students should be professionally dressed in school uniform, business or business/casual attire.


  • By participating in the Challenge, all winner(s) grant the Legal Services Corporation permission to use their names, photographs, voices, and likenesses in connection with promotion of this contest and waive any claims to royalty, right or remuneration for such use. 
  • A parental/guardian release form must be completed by the parent(s)/guardian of each winner.


Mailing address: 

Legal Services Corporation

Black History Month Student Challenge

3333 K Street, NW

Washington, DC 20007

For additional information, contact Wendy Long at or 202-295-1631.