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Giant Food Announces Black History Month Contest

The essay contest is open to all public and private school students in grades six through eight.

of Landover is accepting submissions for its sixth annual Black History Month Essay Contest commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The winners will be announced during the national observance of Black History Month in February, according to a Giant Food press release.

Middle school students in grades six through eight attending schools in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington, DC. are invited to enter the contest, provided they comply with all criteria listed in the contest rules and guidelines described online at giantfood.com.  

According to Giant, the essay contest is in support of King’s vision to join together people from all walks of life, races, and backgrounds for the common good and should address the theme: “Making a difference—What can you do to help fight hunger in your community?”  

Each submission will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity and adherence to the essay topic. Two winners will be selected from each grade level and the winners will receive a cash award, according to the press release. 

Students must submit their application package consisting of an entry form and their original essay via the U.S. Postal Service and must be postmarked no later than Dec. 31, 2011.

Complete details about how to submit an application package can be found by visiting www.giantfood.com/ourstores/mlk/index. Winners will be notified on or about Feb. 6, 2012. 

According to the announcement, the goals of the essay contest are to increase knowledge and awareness about the importance of volunteerism and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and to inspire youth to consider their individual role in building character and community involvement. 

pgcoresident December 30, 2011 at 01:55 PM
First of all Paris Hilton is a celebrity. Do I think it's fair that celebrities seem to get off easy if they're punished at all? heck no!! BUT it's hardly fair to compare her punishment to that of a poor black woman with DIFFERENT drugs! If you want to look at race, all other things must be equal! Sure compare punishment of the poor black woman with a few rocks to that of a poor *white* woman with a few rocks. To suggest that Cocaine *isn't* less potent is simply ill-informed. Do your research. I'm sure other things than simply "how much" go into account when determining punishments for illegal drugs. How about how much and the type of violence that's typically associated with it? A quick search on the internet tells us that crack is associated with more violent crime than powder cocaine. It's a fact. It can't be denied. Also, the processing of powder cocaine into crack refines it and makes it more pure, and therefore more potent in a smaller dose. So YES cocaine IS less potent. Do your research.
pgcoresident December 30, 2011 at 01:59 PM
but would a poor white woman in downtown baltimore get the same treatment.. I will look it up. I would expect that a rich black woman would get a smaller sentence/punishment than a poor black woman with the same charges. That has NOTHING to do with race.
John Thomas December 30, 2011 at 02:29 PM
Rich white people dont want to smoke crack or sell crack. They know crack kills. They have no need to. Violence is associated with crack because the people who sell it need money desperately. I would suspect that most police officers and prison guards in Baltimore city are African Americans.
John December 30, 2011 at 06:56 PM
pgcoresident - unfortunately, you are dead wrong. Any statistic available will prove to you that blacks who commit the exact same crimes as white along the same socioeconomic status get prosecuted more, have a higher conviction rates and get longer sentences. Use Google -
pgcoresident December 30, 2011 at 07:04 PM
John, Actually I never said they didn't--i said I would have to look it up. I was just suggesting that the examples YOU were providing were not proving your point. And that it didn't sound like you wanted to believe that anything else could possibly be the reason for differing sentences between cocaine and crack. THAT was your original statement and THAT was what i was disputing.

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