Students lined up watching a Black History Month performance

Black History Month "Expressions" Contest

All College of DuPage students are invited to participate in the 2020 Black History Month “Expressions Contest.” Select a quotation by a noted African American that is relevant to the 2020 Black History Month theme, "African Americans and the Vote."

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 on how well it expresses your selected 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.

Submissions will be received at the Center for Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion office SSC 2225E or via email at

Review and Awards

A panel will review and select the top three submissions who will each receive a $500 award at the closing ceremony on February 27, 2020 in the SRC Cafeteria. Deadline for all submissions is Friday, February 21, 2020 by 3 p.m.

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