The LBJ Foundation invites all 12th-grade Texas students to enter the 2015 “Voting Rights Today” Essay and Documentary Contest to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.
The focus of this year’s essay and documentary contest is “Voting Rights Today.” The Voting Rights Act was passed as a result of the widespread disenfranchisement of countless Americans who were denied the right to vote based on their race, gender, or class. This act enforced the right to vote nationwide guaranteed by the fifteenth and nineteenth amendments.
Submissions will be accepted January 1–26, 2015.
- $2,500 first place award, plus travel for the winner and his/her parent to attend the award ceremony in April 2015
- $1,000 second place award
- $1,000 award to first place student’s sponsoring teacher, plus travel to attend award ceremony
For full contest details, including eligibility and requirements, visit the LBJ Library’s Voting Rights Today page.
Download the 2015 Voting Rights Today Contest Flier (PDF).