2023 Black History Month "Expressions" Contest

All COD students are invited to participate in the 2023 Black History Month “Expressions” contest.

Select a quotation, song, poem, or peace of literature by a noted African American that is relevant to the 2023 Black History Month theme “BLACK RESISTANCE.”

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.


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 content (with author / artist cited), if it is not evident in your submission.

Submissions will be received at the Center for Student Diversity Equity and Inclusion office SSC 2225E or via email at swoped28@cod.edu

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:  Tuesday, Feb. 28 by 5 p.m. CST

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

**Submittals will be time stamped and will not be accepted if submitted after 5 p.m. CST on Tuesday Feb. 28.


Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.                                                                                                             

U.S. Rep. John Lewis