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The National Liberty Museum was delighted to learn that one of the top winners in our 2015 Selma Essay Contest, Ifeoma White-Thorpe, received acceptance letters from all eight Ivy League Colleges. Watch a video where Ifeoma speaks about this extraordinary accomplishment.

The NLM’s Selma Speech & Essay Contest was launched in December 2014 to engage U.S. high school students in thinking, writing and speaking about current issues of individual freedom and self-determination. It received generous support from the John Templeton Foundation and was conducted in partnership with Paramount Pictures and the film SELMA, which marked the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights March on Selma, Alabama. Entrants wrote an essay and then videotaped themselves reading it. Almost 800 submissions were received from 43 states.

Ifeoma was in the 10th grade when she participated in our Selma Contest. She was among the 15 top finalists and finished in a tie for first place, which earned her a $5,000 prize. Learn more about our Selma Essay Contest and view Ifeoma’s winning speech here.

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