2019 Young Readers Program and Essay Contest

Dr. Allida Black

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 at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts at 10:00 am and 1:00pm about the relationship between the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the work of groups such as Amnesty International, and J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.  The event is free.

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.  The essay contest is open to all Pennsylvania and New York State students in grades 6-12.  Students may enter the Essay Contest online by April 8, 2019.  This year’s essay questions and a link for essay information are below.  For additional details, please call 716-483-6646 or email info@roberthjackson.org.

Grades 6-8:  How is denying another human being’s basic human rights 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; and/or real life examples such as slaveholders and abolitionists. 

Grades 9-12: How is denying another human being’s basic human rights 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; and/or real life examples such as slaveholders and abolitionists.  Please note that descriptive, illustrative and point of view styles are all acceptable.

Each submission must be 300 and 500 words and address the task.  Judging will be based on grammar, organization, spelling, and how well the task is addressed.

Entrants must have a Gmail account to enroll in the contest.  Deadline for submission is Monday, April 8, 2019 by midnight.  Click the link below for more information.

Essay Contest Information and Enrollment

Please register for this event using the form below