2019 Joe Cook Memorial Essay Contest

Since 1956, the ACLU of Louisiana has worked to advance and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States and the State of Louisiana. One of the most fearless champions of these fundamental rights and liberties was our former executive director, Joe Cook, who passed away last year.

As a high school senior, you are both a role model and the face of our future. We invite you to celebrate the Bill of Rights and honor Joe Cook’s legacy by sharing your perspective on the First Amendment.

The First Amendment guarantees the freedom of speech, allowing all of us to protest, dissent and express our beliefs without discrimination or retaliation. Colin Kaepernick spoke out against police brutality and was sidelined for kneeling during the national anthem. What does patriotism mean to you in the context of the First Amendment?

Please respond to this prompt in the text box below. You must be a current high school senior at a Louisiana high school; 500 word limit. Prizes starting at $150. This application will close at 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, April 12, 2019. Award recipients will be notified by May 1, 2019.

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