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Liberty Museum offering 'SELMA' prize

The museum is hosting a national contest for high school students.
David Oyelowo played Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in SELMA.Atsushi Nishijima

The Liberty Museum will award a cash prize to the high school student who can channel the spirit of the movie "Selma" into an essay and video-recorded speech.

The Old City museum is hosting a national contest for high school students aged 14 to 18.

Students are asked to submit an essay and a video-recorded speech

that tie together with the overall theme – individual freedom and self-determination – of the recently released movie "Selma."

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The winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize. The contest is funded by the John Templeton Foundation.

The essay question is: "Inspired by the movie 'Selma,' what do you think needs to be done today to protect individual freedom and self-determination? What are you doing, or what can you do, to peacefully advance those rights in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. and others?"

Students should visit the Liberty Museum website for submission details. The deadline is Jan. 30.