ADL Seeks Entries for The Leslie and Norman Davis Student Essay Contest:
A Tribute to Moral Courage
December 3, 2010 – The Mountain States Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is excited to announce the 3rd annual Leslie and Norman Davis Student Essay Contest – A Tribute to Moral Courage: Standing Up Against Injustice. This middle and high school student essay contest is designed for students to recognize and explore the difference between courage and moral courage and to identify individuals throughout history who exemplified moral courage by taking a strong stance on a specific issue based on personal beliefs and convictions and defended it regardless of danger or threats to personal safety.
The Holocaust provides the backdrop for students to delve into the history of rescuers. As we know, remarkably there were survivors and those survivors were rescued by “ordinary” people who took extraordinary risk to be allies. Students will research and write about an individual who demonstrated moral courage during the Holocaust or during another time, contemporary or historic. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Ida B. Wells, and Lech Walesa are a few examples, but there are many more.
In this contest, there are two divisions. The first is for 7th-9th grade students and the second is for 10th-12th grade students. Both divisions will be judged on the same criteria. Monetary prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. The deadline for submitting entries is March 18, 2011 and the presentation of awards will be made on May 3, 2011 at ADL’s Governor’s Holocaust Remembrance Program in Denver, Colorado.
The families of Leslie and Norman Davis are the generous underwriters of this student essay contest. Leslie and Norman had a lifelong commitment to social justice and civic service, acting to address injustice whenever they encountered it. Each served as the Chair of ADL’s Mountain States Regional Board and received ADL’s Distinguished Community Service Award. Leslie was a founder of the Denver’s Women’s Bank and Georgetown University’s Program for Jewish Civilization, and was Board Chair of Children’s Hospital. Norman was Board Chair of National Jewish Hospital and both were involved in numerous philanthropic activities for people of all faiths and backgrounds. This essay contest is dedicated to their memory.