Connecting the Dots: Remembrance and Reconciliation Project

The winners of the Lowndes County Racial Justice Essay Contest were announced on July 30, 2016. Photo by Caleb Chancey.

Racial Justice Essay Contest

The Equal Justice Initiative in partnership with the Connecting the Dots: Remembrance and Reconciliation Project is pleased to announce a scholarship contest open to 9th – 12th grade students attending high school in Anne Arundel County, where prizes totaling at least $5,000 will be awarded to winning participants.

The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) offers this opportunity in connection with its Community Remembrance Historical Marker Projects, which focus on confronting the legacy of racial and economic injustice and inequality in America. EJI and local partners who work to erect historical markers recognize that the particular legacies of the era of American enslavement of African-descended peoples, the era of racial terrorism that was defined by more than 4,400 racial terror lynchings between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 until World War II in the 1940s and 50s, the era of Jim Crow segregation and discrimination that produced the civil rights movement, and our present-day era of mass incarceration has had profound impacts on African American communities and people of color, and has created continuing challenges for all Americans. We believe that a deeper understanding about our nation’s history of racial injustice is important to addressing contemporary questions of social justice and equality.

2019 Racial Justice Essay Contest for Anne Arundel County

This scholarship contest coincides with a forthcoming dedication of a historical marker in Annapolis, (Anne Arundel County), Maryland. The marker will memorialize Five African American victims of racial terror lynching, murdered between 1875 and 1911, along with victims who remain unknown. There were at least 40 racial terror lynchings of African Americans in the State of Maryland, between 1875 and 1933.

Scholarship winners will be announced and recognized at an event unveiling the historical marker in in Annapolis, Maryland on September 7th at 10 am on Calvert Street, Annapolis, MD.

To Learn More about Participating in this Contest, please see the Eligibility and Essay Guidelines for more information.


Please contact your local organizer, Connecting the Dots, point of contact: Linda Girdner at or Gabrielle Daniels, EJI Essay Coordinator, at