Black History Month Video Contest

Black History Month Video Contest

"Dream Big Like Me"

Contest Background
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolent activism played a pivotal role during the Civil Rights Movement, particularly protesting racial discrimination in federal and state law. DC Public Library will continue that legacy during Black History Month with the “Dream Big Like Me” video contest. Teens are encouraged to submit a video of their original work that shows how they will continue Dr. King’s dream of equality for all. The original work can be a song, rap, poem, skit/dramatization, or speech. 
Contest Question
What is your dream for the future as it pertains to civil rights and equality for all, and how are you going to make that dream come true?
Contest Deadline
Video submissions will be accepted Jan. 19-Feb. 15, 2014. 
Contest Rules
  • Videos must be 1 to 2 minutes in length and produced in a high-resolution format.
  • You may only submit one video. Multiple entries by one teen will not be accepted.
  • The video must be your own original creation and must not infringe on any third-party rights. This includes, but is not limited to copyrighted music, video, images, or intellectual property.
  • Videos must not contain violence, profanity, images of a prurient nature, or direct attacks on individuals or organizations. You will be disqualified for any entry that contains offensive material.
  • DC Public Library reserves the right to make any video entered in the contest available to the public from its respective web sites and social media pages.  
The contest is open to all teens, ages 13-19, who are DC Public Library cardholders. Winners must be able to pick up their prizes within a week of being notified.
How to Enter the Contest
Review all contest rules and eligibility requirements. Upload your video onto YouTube or Vimeo. Then, submit a link to your video in an email to Youth202 [at] [] by 9 p.m. EST on Feb. 15, 2014. Submissions will be accepted starting Jan. 19, 2014. Winners will be notified via e-mail and announced at the Black History Month Open Mic Night at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Feb. 26, 5–7 p.m.

Contest participants must provide the following information when they submit their videos:
  • Entry email should include:
    • Title of the original video
    • Teen’s personal information
      • Full name
      • Date of birth/age
      • School (if enrolled)
      • Zip code
      • City Quadrant (SE, SW, NE or NW)
      • Home Library
    • Teen’s contact information
    • Telephone #
    • Email address
    • Signed copy of Photography Consent and Release Form
    • Link to your video on YouTube or Vimeo

Judging Criteria

A panel of DC Public Library Teens of Distinction will score all eligible videos. 
Each category will be judged on a 1-5 point scale.                                           

  • Content/Theme- 5 points total
              * Did the video meet the basic requirements? 
              * Did the video convey the teen’s message in a cohesive manner?
  • Originality/Overall Artistic Impression- 5 points total
              * Was the video the original work of the teen?
              * How was the audio/visual quality of the video?
  • Audience Appeal/Entertainment Quality- 5 points total
              * Video is innovative and appealing?
              * Video is appropriate for the intended audience (teens)?
The winners will be selected based on an overall score.  The maximum score a video entry can obtain is 15 points.
Winners & Prizes
The “Dream Big Like Me” video contest will generate four winners, who will receive a Kindle Fire HD tablet.  The winning videos will be shown during the Black History Month Open Mic Night at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Feb. 26, 5-7 p.m. The winners will be invited to perform their original work during the open mic event. Winning videos will also be on the Youth202 website and DC Public Library website and social media webpages.