Unsung Heroes Writing Contest

news_edu_making-a-changeThroughout the months of February and March, we are featuring “Unsung Heroes” of the civil rights and women’s rights movements, respectively, on the Newseum Education blog.

You can find stories of both famous and not-so-famous heroes in the Digital Classroom, but there are more that deserve to be included. In order to include more, we want to give your students the opportunity to share a story of an unsung hero in the historical timelines for the “Making a Change” or “Women, Their Rights, and Nothing Less” modules.

To help, we’ve provided a lesson plan and research template in the “Making a Change” module. After the research is completed, you will find instructions for submitting entries in the Student Content Submissions Guidelines.

On March 31, we will select winners from all entries who will have their work published in the Digital Classroom. Teachers, if your student’s work is selected, you will receive a set of books and primary sources from the Newseum Education collection. Students, in addition to being published online, will receive a prize pack featuring items from the Newseum store.


  • Entries must be emailed no later than 5 p.m. ET on March 31, 2015.
  • All submissions must be complete and include all of the necessary information outlined in the  Student Content Submissions Guidelines.

The Newseum Digital Classroom is a free resource featuring primary sources, interactives, historic newsreels, videos and lesson plans that bring history, journalism and the First Amendment to life for students.

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