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Essay deadline is Tuesday

There are only a few days left to enter the Observer’s Law Day Essay contest for high school students in the newspaper’s circulation area. Prizes of $300 and $100 will be given for the top two essays. The deadline for entries is Tuesday.

The contest is held each year in conjunction with the Mecklenburg County Bar Association annual Law Day Luncheon. This year the luncheon is on May 2 at the Hilton Charlotte Center City. The speaker will be U.S. Congressman Mel Watt.

The law day theme this year, "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All, " commemorates the 150th anniversary this year of the Emancipation Proclamation. In their essays, students should explore the movement for civil and human rights in America and the impact it has had in promoting the ideal of equality under the law. That ideal is reflected in country’s founding documents including the Declaration of Independence. It also reflected in the Emancipation Proclamation, in which President Abraham Lincoln at the height of the nation’s most deadly war, declared slaves in slave states free. To enter the contest, send typewritten essays of up to 700 words about examining the issue to:

Essay Contest

Fannie Flono

Associate Editor

The Charlotte Observer

P.O. Box 30308

Charlotte, NC 28230-0308

Essays may also be e-mailed to fflono@charlotteobserver.com.

Essays must include the writer’s name, age, address, phone number, the school the student attends and the names of his or her parents or guardians. No essays will be accepted after Tuesday.

Only high school students are eligible. Teachers may make this a class project, but any essay submitted must be the work of one writer.

The winning essays will be announced at the Law Day luncheon.

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