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The theme of Black History Month this winter is “On Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African-American Memory.”

In conjunction, students enrolled this spring in at least six hours with a GPA of at least 2.0 are eligible to enter a Black History Month essay contest.

Complete rules for the essay contest are available in the writing center in Room 203 of Gonzales Hall.

The deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 17.

Four essay topics are defined that include the negro national anthem, Juneteenth, the Black Cowboy and descendants of San Antonio church congregations founded by former slaves.

The essay is a research-based analysis of at least 850 words that integrates at least five historic and scholarly sources.

The winner will receive a $500 prize, second place $250, third place $150, and two honorable mentions receive $50 each.

Those who place will participate in a read-in during the awards presentation 10:50 a.m. Feb. 23 in the Library Performance Area on the fourth floor of Moody Learning Center.

For more information, email English Professor Jane Focht-Hansen at


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