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Black History, Black Stories
Share your story of inspiration!

How are you drawing inspiration from historical Black events, movements, and leaders?

2020 has been a time of extraordinary challenges for many people. It has also been a time of resurgent activism, nowhere more dramatically than with events associated with the #BlackLivesMatter movement—events that took their inspiration from the long quest for equality for Black Americans and charismatic leaders like the late John Lewis.

In many respects, we are looking to African American history to understand what has happened, what might happen, and how it may orient us in finding a better path forward. We want you to share your story: how are YOU drawing inspiration from Black history, events, movements, or leaders? Share your video or short written story for a chance to win up to $1000!*

How it Works




Who Can Participate?

All higher education students and faculty are eligible to share their stories for participation in the contest.



How and What Do I Win?

Participants are asked to submit a 3-5 minute video OR written 300-word short story with an image. Videos and written stories will then be judged and 3 winners from each of our 2 categories (students and faculty) will be selected. All videos and written stories will be judged on their relevancy, authenticity, organization/coherence, creativity, and positivity.
The following awards will be given for the top 3 videos or written stories in the faculty category and in the student category:




How Can I Tell My Story

3-5 Minute Maximum

- OR -

300-Word Maximum

Important Dates

Submission Open Date:
September 14, 2020

Submission Close Date:
December 14, 2020

Winners Announced:
February 1, 2021

See Submissions from Past Contests

Are you curious about what a written story or video submission might look like?

 View sample submissions from students and faculty who have entered similar contests sponsored by Macmillan Learning in the past.

Padmini Shankar
Faculty, Georgia Southern University

Rebecca Whitney

Kimberly Allen
Faculty, North Carolina State University

Christopher Iglinski-Stanard

Submit Your Story

Ready to share your story? Answer the following question in a 300-word written story or 3-5 minute video. Please be sure to read through the terms & conditions before participating.

How are you drawing inspiration from historical Black events, movements, and leaders?

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