Young Readers Program Essay Competition from the Robert H. Jackson Center
The Robert H. Jackson Center’s Young Readers Program uses literature to engage young people with their world by inspiring them to read and hone their analytical skills and writing ability. This year, the Jackson Center has invited Dr. Allida Black to speak to students on Friday, May 17, 2019 about the relationship between the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the work of groups such as Amesty International, and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. The annual essay contest is an opportunity for students to explore each year's related theme and to be prepared to engage more closely with the speaker's remarks.

Each winner will receive a $50.00 gift card and a copy of Eleanor Roosevelt’s "Tomorrow Is Now: It Is Today That We Must Create the World of the Future," signed by Allida Black who edited the re-released edition in 2012.

Instructions
Please complete the questions below. You will need to have a Google account to submit your work. You may either upload your essay OR paste your essay in the blank below. Please know that this form will not save your work. Please write your essay elsewhere and either upload your file or paste at the end of the form. Only one submission will be accepted per person. Essays need to be submitted by Monday, April 8, 2019. Thank you!
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Writing Task
Using the Harry Potter series as a focus, explain how denying another human being's basic human rights is damaging to both the oppressed and the oppressor. Consider the differences between people or groups such as Harry Potter and Lucius Malfoy; Hermione Granger and Sirius Black; Dobby and Kreacher. You may supplement your essay with real-life examples such as slaveholders and slaves as well.

You are encouraged to use descriptive, illustrative or point of view styles of writing.

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Please know that you'll need a Google account to submit your essay and that this form will not save your work. Please write your essay elsewhere and either upload your file or paste it below.
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Contest Rules
Your submission needs to be between 300 and 500 words. It must address the task. Judging will be based on writing skill, including organization, grammar, spelling, and how you address the task.
Winners
There will be two winners selected in grades 6 through 8 and two winners in grades 9 through 12. They will be notified by mail. Winners are invited to dinner with author, Allida Black, on Thursday, May 16th at the Robert H. Jackson Center. Each winner will receive a $50.00 gift card and a copy of Eleanor Roosevelt’s "Tomorrow Is Now: It Is Today That We Must Create the World of the Future," signed by Allida Black who edited the re-released edition in 2012. Acceptance of the prize package constitutes permission to use winner's name, likeness, and essay for public relations purposes without additional compensation or consent. Winners are responsible for the cost of accommodations and travel to/from Jamestown for the award dinner and lecture. The Robert H. Jackson Center is not responsible for any liability associated with acceptance of the prize package. The deadline for submission is Monday, April 8, 2019, by midnight.

Questions Regarding the Competition
Please call the Robert H. Jackson Center with any questions or concerns at 716-483-6646. Thank you!
Thank you for participating in the Robert H. Jackson Center's Young Readers Program!
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