Verizon Wireless And 100 Black Men Launch 2013 Black History Month Essay Contest


WHO:                                     Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network

WHAT:                                  February is Black History Month and Verizon Wireless is honoring African-Americans by sponsoring the St. Louis chapter of 100 Black Men Black History Month Essay Contest.                                                              

BACKGROUND:                 The essay contest is part of a High School English program in selected public and private schools in St. Louis with the topic of “How would Harriet Tubman, Fredrick Douglas or Dred Scott use today’s technology (smartphones, tablets, social media, etc.) to further their cause?”

Essays are due to the 100 Black Men office by Feb. 28. Voting will take place March 4-8. Winners will be announced on March 11 at and at a winners’ reception on March 16 at the 100 Black Men headquarters on Delmar Blvd.  

The top three winners will receive money towards a scholarship on behalf of 100 Black Men (1st place: $1,500; 2nd place: $1,000; 3rd place: $500) and be awarded a tablet from Verizon Wireless as well as four tickets to an upcoming St. Louis Blues hockey game. Additionally, the teacher who gets the most students to submit essays to the contest will also receive a tablet courtesy of Verizon Wireless.For more information and official rules, please visit

WHERE:                               Essays should be submitted to the 100 Black Men office at:

Black History Essay Contest100 Black Men of Metropolitan St. LouisAttn: Rich Miller, Chairman Education Dept.4631 Delmar Blvd.St. Louis, MO 63108-1703

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