Who Can Apply: Eligibility for participation requires that applicants be planning on attending an American college or university in the upcoming semester.
Submission: To apply, applicants must submit a 500-word essay on this subject.
America was built on a foundation of social justice. It is a tradition that shows no indication of decline.
Frequently, activists are scooped up by law enforcement, tried and held for years — sometimes decades — and their name slowly slips from public memory. Think of:
- Barret Brown
- Leonard Peltier
- Sister Megan Rice
Often, activists who have helped alter the social justice landscape were incarcerated before they went on to impact the nation.
These individuals include:
- Emma Goldman
- Henry David Thoreau
In writing your essay, you will identify an individual who is currently imprisoned for their activism because they wanted to make the world a better place.
The person you choose must have a history of activism prior to incarceration. Your essay may include the activist’ chosen cause, to give their story context, but the substance should be about the activist: their background, their cause, why they got incarcerated, etc.
Deadline: January 15, 2016
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