February 28, 2009

1,500 attend 26th annual Black History Youth Achievement Awards at Festival Hall

Over 1,500 people, including hundreds of kids, attended an awards banquet Saturday at the 26th Annual Black History Youth Achievement Awards.

The ceremony was organized by the Black History Youth Achievement Awards Committee. Members included: Donnie Snow, Maggie Cobb, James Wilson, Bettie Poole, Mary Day and Duane Windham.

Founding members of the ceremony include: Snow, Cobb and Cecilia Edmond.

Co-sponsors include: The Racine Park, Recreation and Cultural Services Department, the MLK Community Center, Racine Unified, UW-Parkside Precollege and Gateway Technical College.

Horlick basketball star Jamil Wilson (right) was master of ceremonies for the event.

Festival Hall was packed with families. Bettie Poole gave the opening and Wilson read the history of the Negro National Anthem. Makayla Chambliss and the Kiwanis Youth Symphony performed the anthem.

Children received a certificate for their accomplishments. Award-winners were nominated by teachers at their schools.

Racine Unified Superintendent James Shaw with guest speaker Qadira Oliver.

James Wilson, director of the city's MLK Community Center, read the names of award winners.


  1. It is often said where are the parents. In this case over 1500 parents, relatives, and we wishers were on hand to cheer for young men and women for their accomplishments in several areas.
    Hats of to all that made it happen.

  2. This is really encouraging to see the parents and relatives of young guys supporting them all the way.