High school senior: It’s seemingly not ‘black’ to be smart


High school senior: It’s seemingly not ‘black’ to be smart

Spencer High School senior Shawn Gatewood won third place in a national essay contest sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Also impressive were the words he spoke while the Muscogee County School Board honored him during last month’s meeting.
Shawn’s essay, “Restoring Our Communities,” focused on what he called “two distinct actions — community engagement and community involvement.” He asserted that “trust has been on a constant downward slope. … This progression is especially tragic in the black community as neighborhoods that once held brotherhood and political activism are now infamous for the opposite.”
Then he offered the “sense …

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