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Who do our young people consider their heroes?

FOLLOWING THE success of last year’s inaugural Made By History essay-writing competition, The Voice is proud to launch the second series of its Black History Month contest.

Made By History is a month-long competition open to 9-14 year-olds asking for them to share in an essay there thoughts on a theme set by The Voice.

Last year, students were asked to share what black history means to them.

The response was overwhelming, with entries coming from a culturally diverse cross-section of students from 11 schools in London.

From Rosa Parks’ defiance to Marcus Garvey’s leadership and Mandela’s bravery, pupils displayed a strong and passionate knowledge of black heroes from the past.

The Voice opened up the pool of winners to include the Best Essay from each age category and a special commendation for the most inspirational essay.

“The Voice really wanted to do something to engage with its younger readers and ensure it celebrated Black History Month with something meaningful for children,” The Voice director Paulette Simpson said.

“There is so much talent in our community and this was a brilliant way to motivate and encourage them.”

In order to acknowledge and encourage all the students who have participated, a presentation morning took place at the Imperial War Museum on November 30.

Denise Lawrence, 11, from Deptford Green School in south London was crowned the overall winner of the competition with her impassioned essay about the importance of knowing your past because “it gives us the opportunity to become educated in our own culture and appreciate our race”.

This year, we are asking participating students to share with us in a 500-word essay who their black heroes are.

The winning entry, selected by an independent panel from the community, will be published in The Voice newspaper alongside a picture of the author; who will also receive a gift voucher to the value of £50.




As we gear up to celebrate Black History Month 2016, we are asking students to share in 500 words who they see as their black hero.

Are you aged between 9 - 14-years-old? We want to hear from you!

We want to know: WHO IS YOUR BLACK HERO?

The winning entry will be published in The Voice with a picture of the author and they will receive a gift voucher to the value of £50. The winner will be selected by an independent panel from the community.

Email your entries to: or post them to: The Voice, Made By History Competition, Unit 236 Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, London, SE1 6TE.

DEADLINE: November 2, 2016 by 12 noon.Please provide your full name, age and school. Students should also include their parent/s full name and telephone number.

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