2021 Student Writing Contest Winners

Congratulations to the following 2021 Student Writing Contest winners:

  • Addie Johnson, West Ashley High School (Essay)
  • Braylon Ratcliff, Spring Valley High School (Essay)
  • Carter Lanier, Silver Bluff High School (Essay)
  • Imunique Herriott, Horry County Schools Early College High School (Essay)
  • Mishka Richards, Indian Land High School (Essay)


Many Americans are confronting the long history of racial violence in the United States that is often ignored and that has manifested itself in our political and social systems. One definition of social justice describes it as justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society. What does social justice mean to you? How has a lack of social justice throughout American history affected minority communities? What actions can you take in support of social justice?

What do we mean when we use the term social justice? “The goal of social justice education is full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. Social justice includes a vision of society that is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure.“ from Adams, M., Bell, L. A., & Griffin, P. (2016). Teaching for diversity and social justice (Third edition). New York Routledge.