The Washington County Community Remembrance Project is hosting a racial justice essay contest that asks public high school students in Washington County in grades 9–12 to examine the history of racial injustice and to discuss its legacy today. The Community Remembrance Project (and thus the essay contest) are sponsored by the Equal Justice Initiative and ask communities to confront race-based harm and its legacy in present-day reality. The Essay Contest will run from January–March 2021.  All participating students receive a gift of appreciation for submitting an essay, and the placing winners receive monetary scholarship awards among other prizes from EJI.

In the first of three videos, we will provide an overview of Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative. Learn more about the mission behind the sponsors of the essay contest and the local group helping to facilitate. More information can be found at https://washingtoncountyremembers.org. Stay tuned to the Fayetteville Public Library's Facebook and YouTube pages to view the videos. No registration is required.