The Commission on Racism of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh announces the fourth annual Frank E. Bolden Literary Contest for middle- and high-school students, dealing with the subject of racism.

This contest is named for the late Frank Bolden, a noted Pittsburgh-based African-American journalist. The winner’s award, a $100 U.S. Savings Bond, will be presented at the next annual Absalom Jones day celebration, which will take place on Saturday February 6, 2010 at the Church of the Holy Cross in the Homewood section of Pittsburgh.

The theme of this year’s celebration is Faithfulness, Courage, and Persistence, qualities amply demonstrated by Absalom Jones (1746-1818), who was the first African American priest ordained in the Episcopal Church of the USA.

The Commission invites all young people to submit a literary work that describes an example of faithfulness, courage, or persistence in racial issues either in the past or the future.

The maximum length of entries is 200 words. Entries should be either typed double-spaced on a single sheet of paper or submitted by e-mail. Submission deadline is January 30, 2010. Entries can be essays, poetry, fiction, etc., and will be judged on originality, clarity, and composition. Entries should include the name, age, school, and grade level of the submitter, along with his/her home address, phone number, e-mail address, hobbies and interests, extra-curricular activities, and plans for the future.

If there are any questions, please contact Al Mann, 412-661-5947 or Nancy Bolden, 412-683-8888.

Entries should be submitted to:

The Rt. Rev. Kenneth Price
Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh
4099 William Penn Highway, Suite 502
Monroeville, PA 15146


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