EPB Invites Students to Celebrate African American Achievement by Participating in Black History Month Poetry Contest


Chattanooga, TN (January 3, 2019) – EPB is inviting Hamilton County students to compete in the company’s 15th annual EPB Black History Month Poetry Contest, which celebrates African American “firsts” who broke the color barrier within the past ten years.

Hamilton County students in grades 1 - 12 in public, private or home schools are invited to participate in four age groups. Students are encouraged to learn more about and become inspired by one of these African American “firsts”, and write a poem about what their achievement means to them:

Mike Carey- First African American to referee a Super Bowl game (Super Bowl XLII)

Dustin Byfuglien- First African American to win Stanley Cup (Chicago Blackhawks)

Jeh Johnson- First African American United States Secretary of Homeland Security

Michelle J. Howard- First African American woman Four-Star Admiral

Channing Dungey- First African American President of a major broadcast TV Network

Lena Waithe- First African American woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing

Tyler Mitchell- First African American photographer to cover of Vogue Magazine

Kehinde Wiley- First African American male artist commissioned for US President portrait to be displayed in the Smithsonian

Amy Sherald- First African American female artist commissioned US First Lady to be displayed in the Smithsonian

Joanne Favors- First African American female elected to the Hamilton County Boards of Commissioners

“We are excited about the opportunity to ignite student’s passion for creative expression and learning more about people who broke racial barriers from 2008 to 2018,” said EPB Community Relations Specialist Kelvin Boyd.   

Poems can be submitted from Monday, January 7, to Friday, February 8. Winning students and their teachers will receive $100 and be invited to attend the EPB Black History Month Awards Banquet. More information is available at epb.net/blackhistorymonth.  

About EPB

Established as an independent board of the City of Chattanooga in 1935, EPB is a municipally-owned utility that provides electric power and fiber optic communications services as a means of promoting economic development and enhancing quality of life across the local area.

EPB serves more than 170,000 homes and businesses in a 600 square-mile area that includes greater Chattanooga, as well as parts of surrounding counties and areas of North Georgia.

In 2010, EPB became the first provider in the United States to deliver up to 1 Gig (1,000 Mbps) internet speeds utilizing a community-wide fiber optic network that provides access to every home and business in its service area. In 2015, EPB became the first, and to date, only American ISP to make up to 10 Gig (10,000 Mbps) internet speeds accessible to all of its residential and commercial customers as a standard offer.

EPB has also utilized its community-wide fiber optic network to deploy the most advanced and highly automated smart grid power management system in the nation. In recognition of EPB’s groundbreaking infrastructure, the Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are utilizing EPB’s smart grid as a national model for researching and developing best practices. EPB is also the first major power distribution utility to earn the USGBC’s PEER certification for having a highly automated, modernized electric power grid. For more information, go to EPB.com.


January 3, 2019


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