Out of more than 400 Onslow County students who submitted personal drawings and paintings in honor of Black History Month, 10 have been selected to be displayed — and your votes could help them win.
When given the chance to draw a picture for an art competition celebrating Black History month, 10-year old Benjamin Woodall drew a 20th century civil rights activist and poet.
The fourth grader in Onslow‘s Brigade Boys and Girls Club at Heritage Elementary School chose Langston Hughes after hearing one of his speeches. He’s one of more than 400 Onslow County students who submitted drawings and paintings for U.S. Cellular’s sixth annual Black History Month Art Contest in partnership with the Brigade Boys and Girls Club.
It’s an important competition because it honors the people who “stood up for the rest of the people that were being treated wrong,” Benjamin said.
“Black history is important to teach our youth because it allows us to honor and acknowledge how far we’ve come and how much progress we will continue to have,” said Caitlin Diaz, resource development coordinator at Brigade Boys and Girls Club.
Representatives from the Brigade Boys and Girls Club chose the top 10 submissions, which are now on display at the U.S. Cellular store at 1447 Western Blvd. in Jacksonville, according to a statement from U.S. Cellular. Community members can go to the store to vote for their favorite drawings through the end of February.
“We like to highlight the children first and foremost,” said Shannon Tindle, the Jacksonville store manager. “We have a diverse amount of people here in Jacksonville. We also want to make sure we celebrate that.”
Students first learned of the competition in mid January, Diaz said. Since the deadline, the students have been begging to find out who won.
“The first thing they did was immediately, when we said ‘ready, set, go,’ they whipped out their laptop and started researching all the amazing historical figures…
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