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826 Boston Writers Sweep Rozzie Reads Essay Contest

April 4, 2016

America is currently in need of a President able to eradicate the dividers prominent in segregating races and find a way to familiarize and unify all people, color, and religion regardless.”
—Ayia Elsadig, 9th grader and Grove Hall afterschool student
A Bigfoot congratulations to the winners of the Rozzie Reads essay contest. This year, attendees at the Grove Hall after-school program swept the medals with powerful essays about race and the future of the country. The students staked out a position and defended it with testimonials and research. They were presented with their awards at the recent Rozzie Reads One Book panel discussion “Turning the Page: Changing Perceptions on Race.”


You can read the full text of their essays and see pictures of the event using the links below. Thanks to the Friends of the Roslindale Public Library for offering the contest. If you have a writing opportunity to share with 826 Boston, please be in touch!


1st Place: The Future President of the United States: Racial Issues by Ayia Elsadig, Grade 9
2nd Place: It is not only about Skin Color by Jasmine Hernandez Reyes, Grade 6
3rd Place: What our new president needs to do by Mustafa Jama, Grade 7, picture below, left, with Adam Foss, Suffolk Country Assistant District Attorney.



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