Trustees recognize essay contest winners, oratory competition winner


Winners of an essay contest that was part of the Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. African Heritage Lecture Series were recognized at the Feb. 25 Dallas ISD Board of Trustees meeting.

The series, presented by St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church, heralds the beginning of African-American History Month each year. This year’s theme was, “Speaking to the elephant in the room: The church’s response to the …isms.” The following writers were recognized in the Youth Night essay contest:

First place: Anthony Harris, Jarrod Wheeler

Second place: Justice Bradford, Diamond King

Third place: William Perkins, Debrciya Everett

Honorable Mentions: Lorenzo Hicks, Ira Wheeler and Fredrika Lucky

Also honored at the meeting was Lyriq Turner, the Dallas winner of the 2016 MLK Jr. Oratory competition. Turner, a fifth-grader at Charles Rice Learning Center, delivered her winning speech at the meeting.

See her winning speech as she delivered it during the competition here.


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