Noah Branch is a 2017 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. His scholarship-winning essay appears below. Throughout my life, I have been blessed to have received a significant amount of tutelage, but in recent years there are two people who stick out in my mind as both mentors and inspirations for me: My father and my brother, Joseph. Both men have gone through great … [Read more...]
Spokesman-Recorder’s Annual Graduation Celebration
For 22 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 Year and more, in order of the most recent year to the oldest.
Molubah Seley is a 2017 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. His scholarship-winning essay appears below. “I’m not mad, just disappointed.” If you’ve ever had someone say those words to you, you’ll recall the hurt in letting them down. Dealing with one person is tough; how about your entire family, church and community? I’ve been through the furnace of failure; I … [Read more...]
Sadiyo Dirie is a 2017 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. Her scholarship-winning essay appears below. When I first started speaking, my first word was Hooyo (mother) I have grown up in her arms: she sacrificed everything for me. She woke up every day early in the morning and made something warm to eat. Before I went to school she used to tell me don’t ever let … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]