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April 11, 2007

Dear Readers :

I am pleased to present your sophomore and junior students with an opportunity to participate in one of the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses’ (CBC Spouses) premiere education programs.  Each year, we invite qualified students from the districts of Congressional Black Caucus Members, to participate in our Essay Contest and Issue Forum.  Students are presented with a topic and asked to write an Essay. The submissions are judged by a special committee of CBC Spouses.  The winners and their families are invited to Washington , DC in the month of September to present their winning essays during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference (CBCF-ALC).

This year, the CBC Spouses have partnered with the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network to address a relevant and exciting topic: Does the “Hip Hop” industry have an obligation to send positive messages, either through their songs, dress, or public behavior, to the youth who purchase, or listen to their music? 

The guidelines for the contest are as follows:

· Students must be in either their sophomore or junior year of high school to participate in the contest

· Essays should be original compositions; no less than 750 words, or no more than 1000 words long

· Essays must be submitted with the essay contest cover sheet (attached), and signed by both the student and his/her guidance counselor

· Essays must be postmarked on or before Monday, April 30, 2007, and should be mailed to: Congressional Black Caucus Spouses, Attn: Essay Contest, 1720 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. , Washington , DC   20036

· The winners will be selected on or before Friday, June 15, 2007, and must be available to read their essays at the CBC Spouses Essay Contest and Issues Forum, on September 27, 2007 in Washington , D.C.

This year our winners will receive the following cash prizes: First Place – $1,500.00; Second Place – $1,000.00 Third Place -$750.00.  Additionally, all winners will receive airfare and hotel accommodations to Washington D.C.

The CBC Spouses organization is a component of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), a 501(c) (3) non-partisan, tax-exempt organization committed to public policy, research, education, and leadership development.  To this end, the spouses of the African-American Members of the Untied States Congress dedicate their time and talents to creating educational opportunities to prepare our future leaders. 

We need your assistance to make this year’s essay contest a success.  Please disseminate this information to as many educators and students as soon as possible.


Leslie Meek, Chair
Congressional Black Caucus Spouses

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