Final submissions for the essay contest are due Jan, 10th, 2021
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When you submit this form you will receive the weekly newsletter about the essay contest with information about  webinars and submitting rough drafts.

Winners of the Davidson County, Tennessee, Racial Justice Essay contest with EJI staff in June 2019. Photo from












For DPS High School Students

Aug 31, 2020 - Jan 10, 2021


$5000 in scholarship funds awarded to winning participants 

The Equal Justice Initiative sponsors essay contests for high school students in counties where a historical marker is being placed to memorialize victims of lynching. 

The essay contest was open to all DPS students in grades 9-12 and was on the topic of our nation's history of racial inequality. For more details visit the EJI Denver Essay Contest website by clicking the button below.





Scroll down for video recordings of past writing webinars with some very special guests!



Webinar #1 On Research

Local history experts join the Colorado Lynching Memorial team as we examine some of the state’s Social Justice history to generate investigative techniques to supply contestants.


View the first workshop here













Webinar #2 On Managing The Shortness

Only 1000 words! In this session, we will look into strategies to develop powerful and poignant compositions. The hope is that partakers leave with more confidence within the constraints.

View the second workshop here

To view the student Q&A Click here



Webinar #3 On Personalization


Your Voice Matters! With inspiration from literary creatives, during this time we will explore how to fashion and style this essay to make it uniquely you.


View the third workshop here














Webinar #4 On Editing

In our final gathering, we will generate blueprints and checklists to tighten up participants’ creations for the last push to submission. 

View the fourth workshop here











Winners of the Davidson County, Tennessee, Racial Justice Essay contest with EJI staff in June 2019. Photo from


The Colorado Community Remembrance Project is a community-based, volunteer-run, nonprofit organization working to promote racial justice and racial reconciliation in our state by documenting the history of racial terror lynching, advocating for full acknowledgment of these murders, and ensuring that those whose lives were taken in these brutal campaigns are remembered with honor and dignity.

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