Alicia Harper is a 2017 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. Her scholarship-winning essay appears below. At 12 years old I began following my cousin and older sister, who was eventually kicked out of our house. Excited to get her room, I wasn’t prepared for the responsibilities I would have once she was gone. Before my sister left she was our babysitter when our … [Read more...]
Spokesman-Recorder’s Annual Graduation Celebration
For 23 years, the Spokesman-Recorder and its supporters have sponsored the Graduation Celebration. Through this celebration, the Spokesman-Recorder publicly acknowledges African and African American high school graduates for their achievements and rewards them with a scholarship to help them further their education pursuits.
Past keynote speakers have included everyone from Kimberly Elise, Tavis Smiley and L.L. Cool J, to local notable figures like Nekima Levy-Pounds. Your financial support will help us ensure that this event continues to give young adults and their families the recognition and the encouragement so vital to their continued success and well-being. Click here to donate today.
Below find Cecil E. Newman scholarship-winning essays, an event recap, the online version of the annual Community Yearbook and more, in order of the most recent year to the oldest.
Every year, a new group of high school graduates makes the transformation into adulthood. It is time for them to say goodbye to their families and start planning what to do for the rest of their lives. It is also when the Spokesman-Recorder 501 (c) (3) marks the transition by awarding Cecil E. Newman Scholarships based on essay contest winners. Students, parents, educators … [Read more...]
On May 26, the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder hosted the 21st annual Graduation Celebration at the Metropolitan Ballroom in Golden Valley, Minnesota. Known for its unifying theme “It's A Family Affair,” each year the Graduation Celebration brings together proud parents, mentors, teachers, community members and African and African American graduating high school seniors for a free … [Read more...]
On May 20 the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR), now in its 80th year of publication, and its nonprofit namesake the MSR 501c3, hosted the 20th annual High School Graduation Celebration at the Metropolitan Ballroom located in Golden Valley. As in previous years, the Celebration echoed its traditional theme “Education and Graduation: It's a family affair.” The MSR has … [Read more...]
On Tuesday, May 7, the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) newspaper sponsored its 19th Annual Graduation Celebration to acknowledge African and African American senior students finishing high school. This year’s event was held at Sabathani Community Center in South Minneapolis. Shed G, co-host of The KMOJ Radio Morning Show, emceed the event, which awarded six … [Read more...]