Scholarship Essay Contest Honors Legacy of Civil Rights Leader Franklin H. Williams

(WNY News Now) – The Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission has launched a scholarship essay contest, inviting high school juniors and seniors, as well as college students in Western New York, to reflect on the enduring legacy of Franklin H. Williams.

Buffalo, NY – Williams, a distinguished civil rights leader, lawyer, diplomat, and associate of Thurgood Marshall, played a pivotal role in advancing racial equality and justice. Students are encouraged to watch the award-winning documentary, “A Bridge to Justice: The Life of Franklin H. Williams,” and craft essays or video recordings that detail how they can carry forward his work.

Mary Lynn Nicolas-Brewster, Esq., Executive Director of the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission, stated, “Williams was a trailblazer for justice and a hidden figure of the civil rights movement who made a significant impact on the New York State court system.”

To be eligible, students must attend schools in select counties of Western New York. Written essays should not exceed 500 words, while video essays should be limited to three minutes. Submissions are due by October 6, 2023, and winners will receive a $500 educational scholarship.

For contest details and to enter, visit this link. For further information, contact regarding the essay contest or the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission’s initiatives.

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