2021 Black History Month "Expressions" Contest

All enrolled COD students are invited to participate in the 2021 Black History Month Expressions Contest.

Select a quotation by a noted African American that is relevant to the 2021 Black History Month theme “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.”

Guided by a quotation of your choice, 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 how well it expresses your chosen quote. The judging will not be objective – impress us with your knowledge, insight and ability to communicate ideas and feelings.


Submit your original work in any format (i.e. – Word document, MP3 file, YouTube video/link, photography, artwork in any medium, etc.).  Include your name, student ID, email, and your chosen quotation (with author cited), if it is not evident in your submission.

Provide substantial photos of any three dimensional submittals (i.e. sculptures, paintings, etc.). All submittals will be reviewed for original content.

Review and Award Prizes

A panel (who will not see student names, emails or IDs) will review and select the top FOUR submissions that will receive a $500 award each, after being notified on March 12, 2021.

Deadline for Submission is Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 by 5 p.m. CST


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