More than 50 years ago, the civil rights movement reached its peak in the fight for racial justice and equality for all. From sit-ins to speak outs, marches to mass demonstrations, Americans expressed their outrage about current conditions, and their dreams for a more equal society.

Tell us what civil rights issues impact you, your school, community or country the most.

Choose a topic – racial justice, LGBT rights, women’s equality, immigrants’ rights, equal access to education, freedom of speech or something else. Then make some noise. Let New York City hear your voice, and tell us what civil rights issues impact your generation the most…

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We want to know what issues matter to you most.

Cash prizes! No topic is off limits. All mediums are accepted.

Deadline to submit is Friday, May 15, 2015.

To SUBMIT ONLINE, email your entry to Click the button below to download the entry form and instructions as a PDF.

To SUBMIT VIA MAIL, mail in your entry to:
NYCLU Contest
125 Broad St., 19th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Complete rules:

  • You must be 10 to 21 years old to enter the contest.
  • You must reside in New York City.
  • Entries must be original and cannot be returned
  • Group entries accepted
  • Current and former NYCLU/ACLU staff, clients and board members, and their relatives, are not eligible.
  • We’ll accept the following formats
    • An essay or short story up to 1,000 words
    • A poem or spoken word piece up to 3 pages, or 3 minutes long, submitted in writing, CD/DVD, as an electric audio file or on uploaded on YouTube.
    • A poster, cartoon, painting, collage, drawing, etc., designed by computer or by hand, submitted by mail or electronically as a jpeg or pdf
    • New media, such as a website, game, or online content, submitted via an electronic link (such as YouTube) or on CD/DVD
  • All mediums will be accepted. If you have questions, please contact