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Human Rights Poetry Contest

“What makes poetry powerful and how can you express your personal response to human rights? Poets who write about human rights can generate empathy by connecting the reader/listener to experiences of rights being enjoyed, denied or defended.”

2019 Grand Prize Winner, Camden Mullens, Boise High School, Grade 11, (Teacher: Sharon Hanson) Photo taken at Yom Ha’Shoah, the Idaho State Observance of Holocaust Remembrance.

To participate in the annual Grades 6-12 Human Rights Poetry Contest, students must reflect on any or all aspects of the Spiral of Injustice and explore these concepts in an original work of poetry.

Students might consider how one of the following quotes etched in the stone of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial relates to interrupting the Spiral of Injustice.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.  (Margaret Mead)

Be the change you want to see in the world.  (Mahatma Gandhi)

Please submit your entry no later than Friday, April 17.

Prizes will be awarded to 1st through 3rd places in the following age categories: grades 6-9 and grades 9-12.

Submission

1. Online - through the submission upload form below

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Artwork

I hereby donate my artwork to the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights and grant permission for its use in fundraising and promotional efforts for the Center. By granting permission, I recognize that mt artwork will be come the property of the Center.

Keep Original Artwork

I wish to keep my original artwork, but hereby grant the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights permission to use its image for fundraising and promotional efforts for the Center. By granting this permission, I recognize my artwork image will be used by the Center at their discretion.

Poetry Release

I hereby release this copy of my original poetry to the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights and grant permission for its use in fundraising and promotional efforts for the Center. By granting this permission, I recognize my poem will be become the property of the Center.

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2. Mail or deliver to: Wassmuth Center for Human Rights

Wassmuth Center for Human Rights

777 South 8th Street

Boise, ID 83702

Phone: (208) 345-0304

If mailing or delivering a submission, clearly PRINT your name, school, grade, teacher’s name and school phone number

with the entry AND include a copy of the submission form.

I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.  

Elie Wiesel