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Enter CBMA's New "Ali Prose" Poetry Contest!

Calling all poets! The Campaign for Black Male Achievement is excited to celebrate National Poetry Month with the launch of our first national poetry contest! 

The poetry contest is inspired by CBMA's annual "Rumble Young Man, Rumble" convening, which has become the pre-eminent gathering for leaders in Black Male Achievement. During our 6th convening last November, we captured moments highlighting key features of the event as experienced by Rumblers. For those who've never attended a Rumble, this video offers insight into the inspiring atmosphere that the convening creates by bringing Black men and boys from across the country together to build trust, community and solutions for advancing the Black Male Achievement field and movement. 

As part of the contest, we are inviting Black high school students from around the country to craft and submit short poems that speak to the legacy of Muhammad Ali and one of his six core principles -- confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, respect and spirituality. Poems should be no more than 20 lines. 

Scroll down to submit your poem!

Eligibility RequirementsTo qualify, you must be a current high school senior. 

Winners will be chosen by a cohort of judges that include celebrated Author, educator, publisher and poet Haki R. Madhubuti; and International youth slam poetry champions Philly Youth Poetry Movement. The top three poets will receive the following:

First Place

  • 1k scholarship towards a two-year or four-year institution, for a domestic/abroad study program or writer's workshop
  • Invitation to become CBMA's Flyweight Poet Laureate
  • Performance on a monthly call
  • Featured profile on CBMA's Blog

Second Place

  • $500 scholarship towards a two-year or four-year institution, for a domestic/abroad study program or writer's workshop
  • Featured profile on CBMA's Blog

Third Place

  • $250 scholarship towards a two-year or four-year institution, for a domestic/abroad study program or writer's workshop
  • Featured profile on CBMA's Blog

Submit Your Poem

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