DHS' Robinson wins RRAAM's 'Selma' movie essay contest

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Pictured left to right: Essay contest winner Kenyetta Robinson, Kathe Hambrick Jackson (RRAAM Exec. Director), Leia Scott (DHS English Department), and Coach Brian Richardson (DHS History Department).

The River Road African American Museum (RRAAM) coordinated a day at the movies for 10th, 11th and 12th graders on Jan. 19 to see the movie, “Selma.” Students, parents and teachers from greater Baton Rouge and Ascension Parish schools attended the King Holiday screening of "Selma" at the Perkins Rowe Cinemark Theater in Baton Rouge.

Fifteen students participated in the SELMA Essay Contest. Students were asked to analyze the impact of civil rights protests through a well-developed argumentative essay. One of the issues addressed in the essays was how life has changed for all Americans since the 1960’s. A one hundred dollar prize was awarded to Kenyetta Robinson, a 12th grader from Donaldsonville High School. The other contestants will receive official certificates from the RRAAM’s Education Department.

Over one hundred students were given free tickets to the movie and transportation was provided for thirty students from the Donaldsonville area thanks to the following sponsors: Leah Simon, Darryl Gissel, Jonn Hankins, Glenda Parks, Flo Dumas, Leo Caillier, III, Kendra Johnson, Gerard Preyan, Orhan McMillan, Dr. Nick Abraham, Atty. Marvin Gros, Cynthia Buggage, Darryl Hambrick, Javella Williamson, Debbie Peltier, Principal Marvin Evans, Patrice Moss and BASF, Tamiko Garrison and the Donaldsonville Mayor's Youth Council,  and Maxine Crump  and the Dialogue on Race.