Ninth Circuit Civics Contest Centers on
Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education

2024 marks the 70th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s 1954 landmark ruling on Brown v. Board of Education in which the unanimous court held that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional. The Ninth Circuit is pleased to announce that the 2024 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest is now accepting essay and video entries.

“70 Years Later—The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education” is the theme of the 2024 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest, which is an annual essay and video competition open to students in grades

9-12 in public, private, parochial, charter schools and home-schooled students of equivalent grade status in nine western states, the U.S. Territory of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Children and relatives of federal court employees are not eligible to participate.

Students will have an opportunity to win cash prizes while learning about the legacy of the Brown decision. In addressing the theme, students are asked to discuss what impact they think Brown has had and why, in an essay of 500-1,000 words or in a 3-5 minute video. Contest rules are available on the civics contest website at

Click here for full contest details.