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Why A Civil Rights Memorial?

The City of Victorville Civil Rights Memorial was established to recognize the achievements of individuals who have made a significant impact in promoting the civil rights of all people. The Civil Rights Memorial is located at the southwest corner of the employee parking area at City Hall, 14343 Civic Drive, Victorville, CA 92392.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the first civil rights leader memorialized with a bronze plaque in the Civil Rights Memorial. Shortly after its unveiling, the City of Victorville established the Civil Rights Essay Contest.

What Is The Annual Civil Rights Essay Contest? 

Each year elementary students who live in Victorville and attend a school located within either Victor Elementary School District or Oro Grande School District, are invited to write essays about an American civil rights leader and indicate why he or she should be honored within the Civil Rights Memorial.

The winning essay determines the civil rights leader to be honored in the Civil Rights Memorial and a portion of the student's winning essay is displayed on a bronze plaque for the civil rights honoree.

Plaques recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Asa Philip Randolph, Frederick Douglass, Cesar Chavez, and Harriet Tubman are currently displayed at the memorial based on winning essays from previous years.

Essay Contest Judging Criteria

The City of Victorville Community Services Advisory Committee (CSAC), evaluates student essays based on the following criteria:

  • Content:  Clearly express ideas in an organized manner.
  • Expression:  Original voice and clear presentation of topic.
  • Research:  Valuable content and/or research incorporated into essay. 
  • Originality:  Treatment of theme should show imagination and human interest.

Meet the 2019 City of Victorville Civil Rights Memorial Essay Winner

Evan Young, a sixth-grade student at Galileo School of Gifted and Talented Education, is the winner of our 2019 Civil Rights Memorial Essay Contest.  The subject of Evan’s winning essay is Lucy Burns, American suffragist and women’s rights leader who advocated for the 19th Amendment granting American women the right to vote.  A portion of Evan’s winning essay is displayed on a bronze plaque honoring Lucy Burns in the City of Victorville’s Civil Rights Memorial. 

Best Best & Krieger generously sponsored the bronze plaque honoring Lucy Burns.

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Read Winning Student Civil Rights Essays

2019 Lucy Burns winning essay by Evan Young

2018 Harriet Tubman winning essay by Penelope Trylch

2017 Cesar Chavez winning essay by Hanna Reynolds

2016 Fredrick Douglass winning essay by Diego LeComte

2015 Asa Philip Randolph winning essay by Reiner Yabut

Visit Our Civil Rights Sponsor

Evan with Tom Oconnell Mayor and Superintendent_January 21 2020

Photo from Left to Right:  Mayor Gloria Garcia; Evan Young; Victor Elementary School District Superintendent, Jan Gonzales; and Tom O'Connell, Best Best & Krieger. 

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How Can I Become A Sponsor?

Sponsors are currently being sought for the 2020 Civil Rights Essay Contest. To sponsor the next contest and have your company name included on the bronze plaque for generations to see, please call (760) 955-3306, or send an email.