Mississippi Students Take Prizes at National History Competition

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At 17, Zaccheus McEwan already believes that a very limited narrative of Mississippi’s Civil Rights Movement is found in textbooks, so he worked with his classmates to produce an award-winning documentary on the voting rights struggle in his hometown.

McEwan of McComb, Miss., is one of 16 students and five staff members who arrived in Washington D.C. on June 8 to participate in the National History Day competition. The competition took place in College Park from June 9-13. The students won awards for multiple entries at the state level of the competition, including a first-place award for a 10-minute documentary they produced about the involvement of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, known as SNCC, in the voting rights struggle in McComb. They also produced a play and developed a website about the Civil Rights Movement in their town.

Dominque Taylor, 17, participating in her second competition, said she was excited to be back in Washington. She said the projects served to help teach lessons that are sometimes overlooked in schools.

“I’ve learned that is our responsibly to show the history,” Taylor said. “It is very essential that I learn what happened in our history, in our local community, so that I can share it with other students and let them what we know.”

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