Annual Carter G. Woodson Essay Contest “Black Migration/ Immigration of Families to WNY”

The 42nd Annual Carter G.Woodson Essay Contest invites students in grades 4-12 to write an original essay on the topic, “Black Migration/ Immigration
of Families to Western New York.”
Migration is defined as moving from one country or region to
another with a view to residence (such as from the south to the north, from rural to city, etc.) Immigration is to come into a different country for permanent residence.

The essay should answer the following questions: Where did the family live before coming to Western New York? Why did they leave? What year did they come? Who came? Why did they choose Western New York? What are some positive and negative things that have happened to the family in Western New York? Would others be encouraged to move here?

The essay is limited to 200 WORDS OR LESS- TYPE WRITTEN.
The essay will be judged on originality and content.

Typed essays must be received by Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Frank
E. Merriweather, Jr. Branch Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue or
emailed to Your name, address,
telephone number, school and grade must be written on your entry.

Cash prizes will be awarded in three categories: Grades 4-6; Grades
7-9; Grades 10-12. First Prize $100, Second Prize $75, Third Prize


Winning entries will be read by the participants at the African
American History Program at the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr.
Branch Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue on Saturday, February 23,
2019 at 2p.m. They will also be printed in Historically Speaking,
Spring 2019.

Sponsors: Afro- American Historical Association of Niagara
Frontier, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library- Frank E. Merriweather,
Jr. Branch, Buffalo Public Schools- Dept. of Social Studies,
Zawadi Books, Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo and others to be