In the book, Born a Crime: Stories from an African Childhood, Trevor Noah describes a stormy childhood and adolescence as he navigates a world that viewed his very existence as a problem. Noah survives and thrives in spite of the abuses of racism and the hardships of poverty largely due to the unshakable (and tough) love of his mother. He further illustrates how his sense of humor, imagination, and resourcefulness helped him navigate the most common teenage difficulties as well as the unique challenges of living as a biracial person in a racist society.
Now it's your turn. Choose an essay prompt then share your story. The author of the winning entry will receive a $500 award, and the top three runners-up will receive $100 each.
To be eligible, you must:
Essay Prompt One
In a 500-750 word essay, illustrate a time from your life when humor, imagination, or resourcefulness allowed you to overcome hardship.
Essay Prompt Two
In a 500-750 word essay, describe your fiercest advocate and how that individual supported you through troubled times.
Chemeketa Reads is a collaborative project between the Reading and Writing programs, the Library, and the Diversity and Equity Office. The project enjoys generous sponsorship from Atala Consulting.
If you have questions or need help submitting your essay, please contact Michele Burke at 503.365-4711 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org