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CAC Hosts 20th Annual Black History Poetry Contest

By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing

Each year the Central Arizona College Learning Support Department holds a poetry contest in celebration of the contributions of African Americans. This year marks the 20th Year of the Black History Poetry Contest and the theme is Ode to Black History.

The contest was born out of the desire to commemorate the achievements of African Americans via an organized event. Since the start of this contest, it has grown to embrace said achievements along with fostering the ideas of universal responsibility, togetherness, freedom, and equality while bridging the cultural divide of valuing people.

The contest is open to all students, staff and faculty. The winners of the poetry contest will be announced during the Cultural Expression Competition Event on Tuesday, February 25 from Noon-1 p.m. at the Signal Peak Campus (8470 N Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ.) Community members are invited to attend.

The Cultural Expression Competition is a poetry and public speaking event in which CAC students have the opportunity to express their experiences, stories, and knowledge related to the theme of “My Culture, My History” utilizing the PechaKucha presentation style. This event sponsored by Student Engagement, Communication Studies and the Learning Support Department promotes both written and oral communication through cultural expression.  Prizes offered will include 1st place – $100, 2nd place-$60, and 3rd place -$30.