Join the Celebration: Black History Month Essay and Video Contest

February is Black History Month. February was chosen as America’s Black History Month because it coincides with the birthdays of both President Abraham Lincoln and renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who escaped slavery and became a pivotal social activist in the United States. Both leaders played a significant role in helping to end slavery. American historian Carter G. Woodson further developed the concept of Black History Month as a pioneer in the field of African American Studies in the early 20th century.

During Black History Month we celebrate African American history and achievements. We shine a light on America’s history of confronting injustice and overcoming it, and we tell stories.  Throughout February, we will mark the many achievements of African Americans and explore their uniquely American stories.

Join the celebration!

Black History Month is a time for people to come together, learn from the past, embrace an inclusive future, and honor our commitment to standing united against racism and all forms of discrimination.

And we need your help!  We’re launching a contest to help us explore the perspectives of Croatians and Which African American has most inspired you? How did their experiences, work, and message affect your life? What do you admire most about them?

We are not looking for technically perfect essays, but rather real stories that can inspire others and celebrate African American achievements. Is Maya Angelou an inspiration to you because of her heart-piercing poetry? President Obama because of his political accomplishments and stirring speeches? Or Beyonce because of her exceptional musical achievements and empowerment of women across the globe? Let us know!

You can write us an essay or create a short video clip.  Whichever format works best for you. The essay should be no more than 500 words, while the video clip can be up to three-minutes long. You can send us your work through Facebook Messenger (U.S. Embassy Zagreb) or by e-mail at Videos can be uploaded on Youtube (unlisted) or sent via Google Drive, Dropbox, WeTransfer, and Onedrive.

Deadline: February 24, 2021, 23:59 

The U.S. Embassy team will review all entries and decide winners based on the quality and commitment of content received. The winners will be announced on March 3, 2021, on Embassy social media platforms.


1st Place Winner receives an Embassy goodie bag and gets to meet our Chargé d’Affaires, Victoria Taylor

2nd and 3rd Place Winners receive Embassy goodie bags

All three of the winning posts will be published on the Embassy’s Facebook page