Freedom's Sisters Essay Contest

king evers-williams
delores tuckerbarbara jordan

"Who is your favorite Freedom Sister and why?"

What are you doing to continue her legacy?

Ella Jo Baker, Mary McLeod Bethune, Shirley Chisholm, Septima Poinsette Clark, Kathleen Cleaver, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Fannie Lou Hamer, Frances Watkins Harper, Dorothy Irene Height, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Barbara Jordan, Coretta Scott King, Constance Baker Motley, Rosa Parks, Sonia Sanchez, Betty Shabazz, Mary Church Terrell, Harriet Tubman, C. Delores Tucker, Ida B. Wells

250-500 words

4th-8th grade students

1st place: $5,000 U.S. Savings Bond
2nd place: $2,500 U.S. Savings Bond
3rd place: $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond
1st, 2nd & 3rd runners-up: One $500 U.S. Savings Bond each

July 25, 2009-September 8, 2009

Ford Motor Company
ATTN: Freedom's Sisters Essay Contest - Memphis
1 American Road - 211 WHQ
Dearborn, MI 48126

Please include name, school, grade level, and contact information.

Winners will be notified on September 21, 2009 and featured in the Freedom's Sisters exhibition.

The Freedom's Sisters traveling exhibit will be on display at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute on July 25, 2009-October 4, 2009.

Need help researching your essay? The Birmingham Public Library has created an online Freedom's Sisters reference page listing books, DVDs, databases, and websites that students may use to find more information about the honorees.

More information about the Smithsonian Institution's Freedom's Sisters exhibit.

Freedom's Sisters, an exhibition created by Cincinnati Museum Center, organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and made possible through the generous support of Ford Motor Company Fund.


a) That's a lot of money for kids

b) I guess I'm a bit stupid, because I never heard any of these names...