Saturday, February 22, 2014, I had the pleasure of being the speaker for the Henderson County Black History Committee's Annual Scholarship Banquet in Malakoff, Texas. 17 deserving students of Henderson County were presented with scholarships for the upcoming school year. Appearing in the photo, from left to right, Delanda Johnson, Shani Scott & Sumiko Hogg.

Mayor Delois Pagitt presented me with a Key To The City of Malakoff, Texas. I was floored to say the least. But the most important part of the night was the 17 seniors, who wrote essays on Civil Rights In America: A Light In The Darkness. Listed below are the 17 seniors who were recepients.

Trinidad ISD

Alyssia Ned

Athens ISD

Jamila Murry

 Jakila Murry

Crossroads ISD

Shaydi Paramore

Malakoff ISD

Cierra Chiles

Cernisha Barker

Tori Barker

Fernado Garcia

Montrell Williams

Adriana Rubio


Chelsea Oliver

Walter Baker


Brianna Baines

Myra Aguilar

Joshua Seal

TaKerrius Lemons

Quentin McKenzie

Next year the committee will have a different theme. If you live in Henderson County and will have a senior graduating in 2015 contact Delanda Johnson for more information at Requirements to receive a scholarship are as follows, student must be a graduating senior for particular year, student must have at least a "C" average and student must write essay on specified topic.