Winners of Macmillan Learning Second Annual “Black History, Black Stories” Contest Selected

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New York, Feb 22, 2022 -- Macmillan Learning, a privately-held, family-owned education publishing and services company, announced the winners for the 2022 “Black History, Black Stories” contest. Now in its second year, the contest was created to elevate Black voices in education and in recognition of the fight for social justice. 

This fall, students and instructors submitted either a short essay and a picture or a brief video that answered how they were drawing inspiration from Black history, events, movements, or leaders. The submissions were judged by a cross-section of ten Macmillan Learning employees who support the creation of course materials for college students, including the company’s vast portfolio of History titles.

This year’s student winner was Prisca Morisma from Florida Gulf Coast University. Morisma created a video about how Black Americans helped develop the country’s foundations and are creating a better tomorrow. Said one judge of Morisma’s video: “She draws on celebratory, impactful Black history and individuals, but also impresses upon us her own unique and beautiful voice while embracing themes ranging from struggle to joy.”

This year’s instructor winner was Carolyn Carr, from Westchester Community College who wrote an essay about how George Floyd and the social activism surrounding his death inspired her to create a new, asynchronous African American history class: Topics in Modern African American History, "The Origins of Black Lives Matter - a history of Black social activism." Said one judge of Carr’s submission, “It is moving to see educators creating spaces for both themselves and their classes to process, grow, and learn together in a classroom setting.”

All winners and their submissions are featured on the Macmillan Learning History Community Site and win prize money, with $1,000 going to the top student and instructor winners, $500 to second place winners and $250 for third place. 

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