• Black History Month



    2024 Black History Month Art and Essay Contests

    2024 Theme

    "Celebrating Florida’s African American Heroes and Their Contributions to Freedom."


    Art Contest: Grades K-3

    The Black History Month Student Art Contest is open to all Kindergarten through third-grade students in Florida. Each student will submit original, two-dimensional artwork based on this year's theme. Four statewide winners will be selected for the month, and each winner will receive a $100 gift card for school supplies and a one-year pass to Florida State Parks.

    Essay Contest: Grades 4-5, 6-8, 9-12

    The Black History Month Student Essay Contest is open to all fourth through twelfth-grade students in Florida. Each student will submit one essay no longer than 500 words based on this year’s theme. Six winners will be selected: two elementary school students (grades 4 - 5), two middle school students (grades 6 - 8), and two high school students (grades 9 - 12). Each winner will receive a 2 - Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation and a $100 gift card for school supplies. Students are encouraged to write about the African American heroes who fought for freedom across our state. The subject of the essay should be a Floridian.


    Student contest forms and educator nomination forms must be mailed to Volunteer Florida or submitted online at floridablackhistory.com.
    Volunteer Florida 
    Black History Month Committee 
    1545 Raymond Diehl Road, Suite 250 
    Tallahassee, Florida 32308

    All entries must be received by 5 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, February 7, 2024.

    If mailing, please consider the time necessary to ensure the submission is received by Volunteer Florida’s office no later than the aforementioned deadline.


    For more information about the contests, please visit floridablackhistory.com.