Boykin launches contest 'Bloody Sunday'

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

First District Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, in partnership with Cook County Clerk David Orr's office, has launched essay, art and slogan contests for 1st District students, grades 3-12.

The "Art and Slogan" contest is open to all students, grades 3 through 8, who live in the 1st District of Cook County. Prizes include $100 for third place, $250 for second place and $500 for first place.

Students are asked to "create an original slogan with accompanying artwork, drawing and/or depiction that encompasses the idea of 'Be Heard: One vote can change the world.'"

All 1st District high school students are invited to participate in the essay contest. Prizes include $500 for third place, $750 for second place and $1,000 for first place essays. Students are asked to explain, "Why do we still face such low voter turnout during elections throughout the country today? How could local, state, and governmental entities make voting more attractive and accessible to its citizens?"

Boykin unveiled the initiative on March 6 at the Boys and Girls Club's Martin Luther King branch, 2950 W. Washington Blvd. in Chicago. The initiative, the commissioner said, has both symbolic and practical importance.

March 7 was the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," the violent confrontation between civil rights marchers and Alabama State troopers that took place on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965.

Boykin said he hopes the contests will help increase the voter turnout rate in both his district and throughout the county. He added that perhaps the children can prod their parents and elders to vote. In Chicago's Feb. 24 mayoral election, a near-record low of 32.7 percent of registered voters turned up at the polls.

For information on contest deadlines and criteria, please call 312-603-4566, or email

Michael Romain


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