An Emory & Henry College first-year student has been awarded the Creativity Foundation’s Legacy Prize for her work on an original documentary about women’s right to strike in the early 20th century.
Emma Grace Thompson’s original documentary, “Rough in the Bunch: Appalachia’s Rayon Girls Fight for the Right to Strike,” tells the story of the labor strikes carried out by female textile workers in the 1920s. The film was submitted in the individual documentary category and was judged on quality, presentation, historical content and its relationship to the competition’s theme, which this year was “Rights and Responsibilities.”
Each year, the Creativity Foundation awards the Benjamin Franklin Legacy Prize to a small group of students from high schools, universities, institutions and service organizations that have shown creative promise in their work and studies in the arts, humanities, science, business and public service.
Thompson entered the competition for this award through participation in National History Day, which brought more than 500,000 students from elementary and high schools together to enter historically themed creative projects. After local, regional and national competition, one entry from each of nine categories was chosen as the national winner. Of these, only one was selected to receive the Legacy Prize.
The conference for the presentation of the awards will be a multiple-day event in Washington D.C., where recipients will have the opportunity to discuss their creative visions and work with their peers.
I’m excited to participate in roundtable discussions with some of the most creative and intelligent minds of my generation.Emma Grace Thompson
The Creativity Foundation considers work from multiple fields and of many different varieties. With the exception of the winner from the National History Day competition, all candidates must be nominated by their school or organization in order to be considered for the Legacy Prize.