Second Annual Anderson Institute Black History Month Essay Contest for Trip to New York City

Congratulations to our contest winners!

Ms. McKenzie Baker, International Studies Major
Mr. Deuntay Bennett, Economics Major
Mr. Sean Corrothers, Accounting Major
Ms. Jessica Doyne, Professional and Technical Writing Major
Ms. Ravan Gaston, Political Science Major
Ms. Kimberly Maurer, English, Secondary Education Major
Ms. Tieranee Ransom, Elementary Education Major
Mr. Tori Williams, English-Creative Writing Emphasis Major

Contest Information and Rules


The contest is open to UA Little Rock undergraduate students who are at least 18 years of age and who are currently registered, taking classes in spring 2018 semester, and who are in good standing with the university.


Winners will receive a trip to New York City, tentatively during the week of July 9-15, to include airfare, hotel accommodations, and meals.

How to enter

Submit a 600 word essay explaining how any ONE organization, or movement, or place, or person, or period in New York City’s history has contributed to the African American struggle for freedom and equality to:

Entries will be judged with the assistance of UA Little Rock Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity Associate Faculty members.

Essays should not contain any personally identifying information since they will be judged anonymously. However, in the body of the email students should include their name, T-number, declared major (if any) and preferred email and phone contacts.

Winning entries will be notified by email.

Submission deadline

Essays should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document or PDF attachment to the inbox by midnight on Friday, March 9.

Terms and conditions

  • All students who enter must be available to travel to New York City during the week of July 9-15, 2018.
  • Contest winners must complete UA Little Rock Study Abroad health and safety questionnaire.
  • Travel dates are subject to change depending on availability of tickets.
  • There are no cash or any other alternatives to the stated contest award.
  • The final arbiter in all matters related to this contest is the director of the Joel E. Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity. Their decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.
  • By entering the contest, students agree to abide by the terms and conditions set out above.