Prince George's county lynching memorial 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 Prince George's County Lynching Memorial Project is pleased to announce an upcoming scholarship contest open to 9th – 12th grade students attending public high school in Prince George's County, where prizes totaling at least $5,000 will be awarded to winning participants.

Students are asked to examine the history of a topic of racial injustice and to discuss its legacy today. Essays should explain the chosen topic using a specific historical event(s), explore how the injustice persists, and imagine solutions for a future free from racial injustice. Students are encouraged to reflect on how the topic impacts their own lives and communities.

The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) offers this opportunity in connection with its Community Remembrance Project, which focuses on memorializing the more than 4,400 African American victims of racial terror lynching killed between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and World War II. EJI acknowledges that our national history of racial inequality and economic injustice has created continuing challenges for all Americans. Communities across our nation have been profoundly impacted by the legacies of the eras of enslavement, racial terror lynching, and segregation in ways that continue to influence our social, political, and personal practices and institutions. EJI and local communities are working together to help advance a more truthful understanding of our history through memorialization and community remembrance. 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, and each project helps our nation participate more fully in a sequential process of truth and reconciliation.

EJI Racial Justice Essay Contest for prince george's county, maryland

This scholarship contest is part of the community remembrance work of Prince George's County Lynching Memorial Project. The coalition is working to memorialize the victims of racial terror lynching who were killed in the Prince George's County between 1865 and 1950.

Scholarship winners will be announced and recognized, and more details will be forthcoming.

This Essay Contest Officially Opened on NOVEMBER 1.

Details about essay contest guidelines and how to submit entries can be found on the Eligibility and Guidelines page.



Please contact your local organizers:

You can also reach out to EJI Essay Coordinators, Bre Lamkin at and Kayla Vinson at

For Students Interested in Participating

We are so glad that you are considering participating in this essay contest! We hope it will be a meaningful experience for you.

To get started, visit the Choosing an Essay Topic page to explore what you might be interested in writing about in your essay. Students are encouraged to think about their topic, it’s connect to current day issues, and take time to review reliable resources.

You can also schedule a virtual appointment with the Writing Centers at Bowie State University, Prince George's Community College, or the University of Maryland by contacting the Writing Center and mentioning the PGCLMP essay contest. More details about this opportunity can be found here.

For Parents, Educators, and Community Groups

We strongly encourage parents, educators, and those who serve students in community organizations to partner with students and lend them support during their essay preparation. Offering assistance with editing or listening to their essay prior to submission to offer feedback are great ways to strengthen students' writing skills and essay focus. For more information on how you and others can support students, please review our Resources for Parents, Schools, and Community Groups.