Hoover-AHEAD’s 2024 Annual

Black History Month Reflection Contest

Black History is chock full of inspirational figures who have made countless contributions in the past. But the folks who are making a difference today, laying the foundation for the future, are an important part of the story as well.

For the 2024 Hoover-AHEAD Black History Month Reflection Contest, we’d like you to choose a notable African American who is making history now and craft a submission that explores both the important role they are playing today and the impact it will have for years to come.

The figure you choose could be anyone from a political leader to a musician to an entrepreneur (and anyone in between!), and your submission could be an essay (up to 1,000 words), a piece of artwork, a song, a poem, a digital/video presentation, etc.

The contest is open to Hoover residents ages 8 through 17, and final submissions must be made HERE  by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 18th, 2024. A committee will review submissions and announce winners by Feb 28, 2024, and we will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place cash prizes (of $100, $50, and $25, respectively) to the highest ranking submissions in each division (ages 8-12 and ages 13-17)!

Best of luck with your submission, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to the contest coordinator, Reed Lochamy (reedlochamy@gmail.com), with any questions at all!

NOTE: Please make sure that the submission (be it a document, video, picture, audio file, etc.) is accessible to our judges (i.e., make sure the share settings are correct for any Google Drive submissions, all online videos are set for public viewing, etc.).