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U.S. Cellular's Black History Month Art Contest Returns to Honor African-American Heroes

Local Residents Choose Winners by Viewing and Voting for Their Favorite Portraits Feb.3-28

ROANOKE, Va. (Jan. 22, 2014) – There are many inspirational African-Americans from Beyonce to President Barack Obama, Martin Luther King, Jr. toRosa Parks. That's why U.S. Cellular is collaborating with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia on the seventh annual Black History Month Art Contest, which honors the many contributions of African-Americans and encourages young people to learn more about these influencers.

"U.S. Cellular is committed to providing educational opportunities for children to celebrate our rich and diverse culture," said Jack Brundige, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in the Mid-South. "Through this contest, we're able to celebrate and reward children in our local communities for their artwork and creativity, while simultaneously honoring a host of African-American leaders."

Boys & Girls Club members are encouraged to research and learn more about African-American role models and their important contributions to society. And then 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.

The top 10 finalists' entries will be chosen by a panel from the Boys & Girls Club, and displayed at local U.S. Cellular stores, where the public will be invited to view and vote on the artwork from February 3 to 28. The top three artists – as determined by the number of votes – will receive prizes (including a $500 gift card) and recognition at an upcoming U.S. Cellular event.

"We're excited to continue our longstanding partnership with U.S. Cellular to celebrate Black History Month and see who our membership chooses this year. It's such an interesting way to recognize, learn and celebrate this month. It not only makes an impression on our children, but on our community," said Laurie Gibbons, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia.

To learn more about this contest, visit U.S. Cellular stores in:

Christiansburg – U.S. Cellular
103 Conston Ave., Christiansburg, Va. 24073

Salem – U.S. Cellular
1420 West Main Street, Salem, Va. 24153

Rocky Mount – U.S. Cellular
832 Tanyard Road, Rocky Mount, Va. 24151

Roanoke – Valley View, U.S. Cellular
4760 Valley View Blvd., Roanoke, Va. 24012

Roanoke – Electric Road, U.S. Cellular
3260 Electric Road, Roanoke, Va. 24018

For more information about the creation of the submissions or to see the ideation, or children's creative artwork in process contact Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia locations:

Roanoke Valley Clubs:
9th Street Club (Administrative Offices)
1714 9th Street
Roanoke, VA24013
Contact: Tiffany Muse,

Breckinridge Middle School
3901 Williamson Road
Roanoke, VA 24012
Contact: Zach Simmons,

Fairview Elementary School
648 Westwood Blvd.
Roanoke, VA24017
Contact: Angelia Sanders,

Garden City Elementary School
3718 Garden City Blvd., SE
Roanoke, VA24013
Contact: Shannon Whitlock,

James Madison Middle School
1160 Overland Road, SW Unit Director
Roanoke, VA 24015
Lisa Nash,

Woodrow Wilson Middle School
1813 Carter Road
Contact: Jermeisha Childress,

New River Valley Clubs:

P.O. Box 1593 Christiansburg, VA, 24068
Christiansburg Middle School
1205 Buffalo Drive
Christiansburg, VA 24073
Alina Tate,

Shawsville Middle School
4179 Old Town Rd.
Shawsville, VA 24162
Richelle Price,
540-268-1200-Land Ln.

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For more information, contact:
Melissa Watkins, PR Counsel
Cell: 804-402-5316

Laura Lualhati, Comm. Mgr, U.S. Cellular
Office: 773-399-4849