2024 Black History Month "Expressions" Contest

All COD students are invited to participate in the 2024 Black History Month “Expressions” contest.

Select a quotation, song, poem, or peace of literature by a noted African American that is relevant to the 2024 Black History Month theme “African Americans and the Arts.”

Guided by your selection, express yourself! Your expression can take any form – an essay, a story, a piece of art or music, a poem, or any other form of expression that you desire.


Your expression will be evaluated based on its authentic impact and on how well it expresses your chosen content. The judging will not be objective – impress us with your knowledge, insight and ability to communicate ideas and feelings.

Review and Award of Prizes

A panel will review and select the top THREE submissions who will each receive a $600 award posted to your COD account on or before March 10.

Deadline for all submissions has now passed.

**All written work must be substantive. Essays must be two pages minimum. Poems must be at least one full page, minimum.