This year the Kemper Human Rights Education Foundation is offering a $500 prize and a $250 runner up prize to Mamaroneck High School students judged to have written the best and second best answer to the following question:

Prior to launching the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower told the Allied troops that they were about to embark on a crusade to free the world from oppression and to restore human rights that had long been denied by ruthless dictators.  This year marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day and it is an appropriate time to remember that we must continue the struggle to ensure human rights for all people.  How and where can we best direct our energy and our efforts to achieve this goal?



  1. The deadline for submissions is May 7, 2014.
  2. Essays may be submitted online here or in person to Adam Sobel or Mary Cronin.
  3. Essays must have a cover page with the title, author’s name, date submitted; a bibliography and the following signed statement:  “This essay was written for the Richard Kemper Memorial Essay Contest. I give the Kemper Human Rights Education Foundation permission to publish it.”



Essays will be judged according to how clearly and well
they answer the question posed and the extent to which
they are supported by research.