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Kenwood Student Semifinalist in Black History Oratory Contest

Gabrielle Williams will present her speech on Feb. 19 at the Reginald Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture

freshman Gabrielle Williams has been selected as a semifinalist in the 2012 Black History Oratory Contest sponsored by WJZ-TV and several local businesses. 

The annual contest is open students in grades 9-12 who submit an essay of 600 words or less that addresses one of three famous quotes. Williams, who is in the International Baccalaureate program at Kenwood, focused her essay on a quote from Malcolm X. 

As a result of being selected, she must memorize her speech and present it to a group of judges and an audience on Feb. 19 at the Reginald Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. 

The top three orators chosen by the judges will receive a cash award from WJZ and a scholarship from Toyota Financial Services.

amdactivist February 12, 2012 at 12:02 PM
isn't this called discrimination? Why keep it alive? what about the white kids? Not afraid to say it.. This is why the racists sharpton, jackson get rich.. Feasting on this crap. They are not an asset to their black communities. They are not men of the cloth or God's representatives.. God Teaches that we are all children of God and we all bleed red.
Scott Sewell February 12, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I'll admit that my first thought was "When is white history month?" when I saw the headline of this article. Then I debated about whether or not I should post anything, and have to be labeled as a racist for voicing my opinion. However, you are correct amdactivist, it is discrimination. I wonder what young non-black kids think when they hear about it? Why is one race so special that they deserve a month of recognition, but not everyone else? Until such time that we can stop using race as a prerequisite for education topics, then there will never be a colorblind education system. I could go on, but I think I've made my point.
Anne February 13, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Let's leave the label behind and send congratulation's to Miss WIlliams for her recognition of superiority in a highly regarded contest. She brings honor to Kenwood Senior High School instead of the negativity we usually hear about so often. Good luck to her in the final's! Let's see more good things that young people can do if they simply apply themselves. Way to go again Miss Williams!!!
joy February 14, 2012 at 01:49 AM
I totally agree with Anne.We should just support Ms.Williams and congratulate her for her outstanding job.In my opinion that is totally fair,after all she worked hard to do the essay so she earned it.Also I think Ms.Williams is smart student to write an excellent essay that earned her to be in this position.I'm sure that Kenwood HS is so proud of her,also her family and friends.Good Luck Ms.Williams.i hope you win!!!!
Evangelina February 15, 2012 at 01:08 AM
I agree Anne and Joy. Congratulations Gabby!! I give you props for doing something positive, feeling good about your heritage, and representing our school Kenwood. Just know that Black History Month is a time for us all to reflect on the many accomplishments & contributions African Americans have made in society, and to know that young African American boys and girls should feel good about their race. We live in a very prejudice society, even at my young age I see that. People find it difficult to embrace black leadership, black success and black positive role models. It is my hope that Black History Month continues for as long as it takes for all Americans to get the message.

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