Monday, February 02, 2009

Celebrate African-American History Raffle!

Hachette Book Group and Harlem Writer are sponsoring an African- American History Giveaway. Five winners will receive a set of the eight books listed below. The contest is simple: answer one of three questions and leave a comment on this posting. The best five combination of essay and comment will win!

Contest Rules:

1. The contest is open to US or Canadian residents with a valid mailing address only. No P.O. Boxes.
2. Applicants must use a valid e-mail address and home or cell number.

Format: Please submit essay responses using the following guidelines (Courier New, 12 pt, double –spaced, 1” margins on all four sides). Word count: 500-1000 words.

Submit response as a .doc or .pdf attachment by midnight on 02/28/09, to, Subject: Black History Book Raffle.

Books will be mailed to courtesy of the publisher.

Essay questions:
  • Without citing the recent historical election of President Barack Obama, what significant progress have African Americans made in the last five to ten years in America?
  • Would it be so bad to pass for Hispanic or Caucasian to get a job, accepted to college, or move into an exclusive neighborhood, or reap financial rewards? Have you ever known or do you currently know someone who passes for white or Hispanic without remorse?
  • What does it mean to be black and proud? Does it require historical knowledge, understanding struggle, or skin pigmentation?
* Writers will retain rights to submitted essay.

Available books:
    1. The American Journey of Barack Obama By The Editors of Life Magazine ISBN: 0316045608
    2. Fledgling By Octavia Butler ISBN: 0446696161
    3. Stand the Storm By Breena Clarke ISBN: 0316007056
    4. Red River By Lalita Tademy ISBN: 0446696994
    5. Keep the Faith: A Memoir By Faith Evans ISBN: 0446199508
    6. Say You're One of Them By Uwem Akpan ISBN: 0316113786
    7. The Shack By William Young ISBN: 0964729237
    8. The Bishop's Daughter By Tiffany Warren ISBN: 0446195146

    Books will be mailed to contest winners courtesy of the publisher.

    Good luck!


yosay77 said...

I haven't passed for hispanic or white but I have been hired for jobs and later learned that the employer thought I was something other than black. I wonder if I would have gotten the job if they knew that I am black at the time?!

The only regret I have is that racism is still alive and well in the good ole' U.S. of A.

jenn said...

To be black and proud is to fight the war wearing your skin like the beautiful uniform it is.