Civil Rights Today Essay Contest for Texas 12th Graders

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation invites students to explore the enduring issue of civil rights as it impacts them or those around them in the 2014 “Civil Rights Today” Essay Contest. The contest is open to 12th-grade Texas students. Essays must be submitted by midnight on February 10, 2014.

Signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, LBJ Library photo by Cecil Stoughton

Signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. [LBJ Library photo #276-10-WH64 by Cecil Stoughton]

The Civil Rights Act of 1964, signed into law by President Johnson, is considered one of the most sweeping civil rights reforms since Reconstruction. The act guaranteed freedom and rights for all Americans, and President Johnson used his political power to push the Civil Rights Act through Congress.

For this contest, essays must articulate (1) how civil rights remains an enduring issue in society, and (2) one aspect of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that impacts the writer’s life today.

See the LBJ Presidential Library website for contest information, including a more detailed explanation of the topic, eligibility requirements, submission details, judging criteria, prize information, and supporting educational resources.

And if you know a Texas student or teacher, please share the information about this opportunity!

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