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Contest honors African American History with creative arts


February 19, 2008

National City Bank is inviting students ages 6 through 18 to participate in its 16th annual African American History Contest. The competition is held each year with the assistance of Radio Disney and Bynums Marketing & Communications, Inc., in recognition of Black History Month. It is National City's way to promote learning and to celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans.

“We are excited to offer a new dimension to the contest this year,” said Mark Rendulic, executive vice president, National City Retail Banking. “Our contest will offer our young people a variety of ways to express themselves artistically while honoring African American history makers.”

To enter, students must complete the following assignment: Select an African American history maker from Pittsburgh. Use the category of your choice – Poetry, Essay, Art, Music or Video – to illustrate how this individual has impacted or influenced Pittsburgh.

Poetry, essay and art entries must be postmarked by February 29, 2008. Video and music entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2008. The winners will be announced at a press conference in April.

First-place winners will receive $500, plus $500 for their sponsoring organization. Second-place winners will receive $250, and third-place winners $100. Prizes are awarded in three age categories: Ages 6-9, 10-13 and 14-18.

Local role models for this year's contest, featured in the advertising are: Billy Jackson, national award-winning documentarian; Kim El, poet, actor and playwright; John M. Brewer, writer, historian and business operator; Kyle Holbrook, mural artist and coordinator of the National City Martin Luther King, Jr. East Bus Way Mural Project and Flo Wilson, award-winning vocalist.

Students can receive an entry form and contest rules by calling 412-644-7772 or visiting


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