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Rosa Park's legacy lives on through Grand Rapids Rosa Parks Essay Writing Contest

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Rosa Park's legacy lives on through Grand Rapids Rosa Parks Essay Writing Contest

This year's prompt is "Healing Without Hate." Winning student authors in each age group will receive a cash prize.

Rosa Parks’ impact will carry onto the next generation through Grand Rapids’ Rosa Parks Essay Writing Contest. The initiative is a partnership between Grand Rapids Community Relations Commission and the Office of Equity and Engagement.

Students in grades 6-12 attending a school in Grand Rapids are encouraged to write an essay and reflect on this year’s prompt:

“Healing Without Hate.” There will never be a time in American history where the heroism of Rosa Parks will be forgotten. Although she did not plan to become a hero, her heroic actions helped this nation fight racism and hate while creating pathways to healing. How will you practice acts of healing to combat injustices and inequities to keep the legacy of Rosa Parks alive?

Winning student authors in each age group will be awarded a cash prize:

  • First Place: $500
  • Second Place $300
  • Third Place: $200

Essay submissions are due October 21 via crc@grcity.us or must be postmarked by that date. Winning essays will be announced December 2 at Grand Rapids City Hall. For more details click here.