UALR students have chance to win trip to Washington, D.C.

washingtontripUniversity of Arkansas at Little Rock students have the chance to win a trip to the nation’s capital to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which will be observed Monday, Jan. 16, this year, the UALR Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity is sponsoring an essay contest for undergraduate UALR students to promote knowledge of African American history.

“The contest offers students the opportunity to visit one of the newest and most publicized national museums and to become more informed about the essential themes of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month,” Anderson Institute Director John Kirk said. “This is central to the mission of the Anderson Institute, and there is no one better equipped or better placed on campus to lead UALR’s engagement with the museum.”

In 300 words or less, students should answer: “Why does the United States need a National Museum of African American History and Culture?”

The winners will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., during the weekend of April 7-9, which will include visits to the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

Opening on Sept. 24, 2016, the museum is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. To date, the museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts.

Essays should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document or PDF attachment to by midnight on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Essays should not contain any personally identifying information. Students should include their name, T-number, declared major, email address, and phone number in the body of the email.

For more information, contact the Anderson Institute of Race and Ethnicity at 501.916.3932.

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