The 2019 Racial Justice Essay Contest contest coincides with a forthcoming dedication of two historical markers in Nashville, TN, Davidson County. The first marker is named for Henry Grizzard and Ephraim Grizzard, brothers who were violently hanged and killed by white residents of Davidson and Sumner counties on April 24 and April 30, 1892. The second marker is named for David Jones and Jo Reed, victims of pre-1877 racial terror lynching. EJI has documented at least 237 racial terror lynchings of African Americans in the State of Tennessee, between 1877 and 1950.

Scholarship winners will be announced and recognized at unveiling ceremonies for the historical markers on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 12:00pm at Bicentennial Park (350 1st Avenue North, Nashville, TN).

To learn more about participating in this contest, please see the Eligibility and Essay Guidelines, or visit the full scholarship website for more information.

Note: This contest is now closed. Please check back soon for an announcement regarding our fall scholarship contest.