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Winners Determined by Local Community Votes

WILMINGTON, N.C. (Jan. 18, 2016)– To help celebrate Martin Luther King Day, U.S. Cellular and the Brigade Boys & Girls Club are kicking off the second annual Black History Month Art Contest, which honors the many contributions of African-Americans and encourages young people to learn more about these current and historic influencers.

Brigade Boys & Girls Club members are encouraged to research and learn more about African-American role models and their important contributions to society. They are then invited to create and submit an original 8.5 x 11 portrait representing the figure of their choice using any art medium from any point in history, including present day.

"We are looking forward to seeing the great art projects from the Brigade Boys & Girls Club members. The level of creativity and talent I am sure will be amazing," said Jeremy Taylor, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in eastern North Carolina. "U.S. Cellular's commitment to education gives us the opportunity to partner with organizations here in New Hanover County and across the country. This contest showcases the creativity and talents of our kids as they honor African-American leaders while celebrating our rich history of diversity."

The top 10 finalists' entries will be chosen by a panel from the Brigade Boys & Girls Club and then displayed at local U.S. Cellular stores. The public is invited to view and vote on the artwork from February 1 to 29, and the top three artists - as determined by the number of votes - will receive prizes:

  • $150 for 3rd Place
  • $200 for 2nd Place
  • $500 for 1st Place

"Our kids and teens are very excited about the contest again this year. For many of our kids this is an opportunity for them to learn more about their cultural background," said Angie Hill, vice president of operations for Brigade Boys & Girls Club. "Being part of a fun learning project such as this inspires many of the participants and lays the foundation for life-long achievements"

To vote starting February 1 visit the U.S. Cellular New Hanover County locations at:

343 South College Road
Wilmington, N.C.

1414 South College Road
Wilmington, N.C.

For more information about the creation of the submissions or to see the children's creative artwork in process contact the club at:

Brigade Boys & Girls Club
2759 Vance Street
Wilmington, N.C.

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For more information, contact:
Melissa McIntyre
Public Relations Counsel
Office: 828-777-0193

Iman Jefferson-Riedel
Media Relations, U.S. Cellular
Office: 773-355-3737