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Celebrating Black Heroes

This sidebar appeared with the story: Did Black History Month pass you by? February is traditionally the month where contributions of African Americans are recognized in schools and communities across the nation. Different schools have their own ways of marking the month - some more than others. Eastern Washington University, along with the Martin Luther King Center of Spokane, held its annual essay contest for all students in Spokane County. Our Generation is publishing two of the winning essays by local teenagers. Below, Ariel Smith of Lewis and Clark High School writes about a black leader who is a role model to her, and Lance Neely of Medical Lake Middle School writes about a past event that helped improve social conditions for all Americans. Here are the names and schools of the first- and second-place winners: Elementary Division: Julius DeFour, Grant Elementary; Austin Washington, Moran Prairie. Junior High Division: Lance Neely, Medical Lake; Sylvester Chatman, Chase. High School Division: Ariel Smith, LC; Satirhea Goncalves, Ferris. College Division: April Burns, EWU; Daryl Parker, EWU.

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