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Essay Contest on the Civil Rights Movement

Six education organizations, including the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers, have created a partnership to support teachers in bringing African-American history to life for their students.

They're sponsoring an essay contest for high school juniors and seniors on "the legacy and lessons" of the Civil Rights Movement. The deadline for submission of essays is Jan. 9.

The winner and five finalists receive cash awards and will be honored at a Capitol Hill awards ceremony expected to be attended by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

I'm thinking that this could be a good extra-credit assignment for the holiday break.

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