Essays authored by high school students and submitted to the UT Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition: The African Americans in Texas, Past and Present, as well as material about the annual competition which is administered by the University of Texas at Austin.
Watch a winning essay from the Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition come to life as a young writer discovers how his grandmother helped change the course of civil rights in Texas, directed and produced by Mason Jones and Christopher Palmer.
Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition
Founded in 1995 as an event sponsored by The University of Texas at Austin, the Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition moved to its new home with UIL Academics in 2011-2012. The competition provides students an opportunity to explore the contributions of African Americans to Texas history, as well as honoring the legacy of its namesake, Barbara Jordan. The theme of the competition is "African Americans in Texas: Past and Present."