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From: "gail shaw" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2001 1:59 PM
You can be a part of history...
The Black Panther party for Self Defense was born thirty-five years ago
in Oakland, California. This October, former members of the BPP and their
supporters will meet in Washington DC, Oct 11-14 2001 at University of
District of Columbia. Our reunion is not just a sentimental journey, but
a conference to plan strategies to free our political prisoners
and to address the social ills which afflict our communities to this day.
We will publish a program, which will be a limited edition, historical
document. Your work will appear in this program if you are a winner
of the It's About Time Writing Contest.
The theme of this contest is: What is/was the significance
of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in the Black Liberation
There are two categories, poetry and essay. The winning piece in each
category will be published in the 35th Anniversary Program. Runners up
will be published in the "It's About Time ..., Newsletter". Winners will
also receive two (2) copies of the program and a year of the
"It's About Time... Newsletter".
Poems are not to exceed thirty (30) lines. Essays should be approximately
1500 words in length. Prisoners are encouraged to apply. There is a
reading fee of $10.00 per entry, up to three (3) poems may be entered
at one time. The fee is waived for prisoners. The proceeds of the contest
will be used to publish the program, and to defray costs of the reunion.
Entries will be screened by Sister Sheba Haven, former literary editor of
the Black Panther Newspaper, Black Community New Service. Five finalists
in each category, and the winner in each, will be chosen by a panel of
judges. Entries will be judged on the basis of: idelogical understanding,
historical accuracy, originality and style.
Deadline for contest entries is August 21, 2001.
Address all entries and make check or money order payable to:
It's About Time...
P.O. Box 221100
Sacramento, CA 95822
Attn: Sister Sheba
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