The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in partnership with the Sarasota & Manatee Community Remembrance Project is pleased to sponsor the Racial Justice Essay Contest for 9th – 12th grade students in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

Student were asked to write a 800-1000 word essay that examines the history of a topic of racial injustice, explores how the injustice persists and imagines solutions for a future free from racial injustice.

The contest closed on December 14, 2022. The Racial Justice Essay Contest Winners will be announced during an Awards Ceremony in early Spring 2023.

EJI will award scholarships up to $5,000 to winning participants. In addition, the Sarasota & Manatee Community Remembrance Project will award the winner(s) a trip to Montgomery, Alabama to visit the EJI museum & memorial.