MONTGOMERY, Alabama – The Serious Injury Law Group recently awarded $16,000 in scholarships to winners of its first Black History Month essay contest, which encouraged high school students throughout the Black Belt to honor “Living History.”
Entrants were asked to write about individuals they consider to be heroes in their own communities. The 16 essay contest winners, the subjects of their essays, their parents and their teachers were presented with their $1,000 scholarship checks at an awards banquet at Central restaurant in downtown Montgomery on April 20, 2017.
“We were so pleased to have received so many entries in our first essay contest. With the support of their communities and the celebration of their achievements, the future is bright for Alabama’s children,” said Gerald C. Brooks Jr., co-founder of Serious Injury Law Group. “We just want to do our part to support them and to celebrate those often unsung heroes – teachers, grandparents, ministers and more — who make a positive difference in their lives. As a product of the Black Belt myself, born and raised in Sumter County, it was a personal privilege to give back to a community that has given so much to me.”
The Serious Injury Law Group “Living History” essay contest winners are:
- Kiara N. Aaron, The Calhoun School, Lowndes County
- Jayda M. Armstrong, Selma High School, Dallas County
- Tomysha Boykin, Demopolis High School, Marengo County
- Charlescie Branch, Greensboro High School, Hale County
- Arselius L. Brown, Park Crossing High School, Montgomery County
- Darneshia Harris, Linden High School, Marengo County
- Roneisha Johnson, Sumter Central High School, Sumter County
- Aniya Mathis, Bullock County High School, Bullock County
- Chadrick Allen Moore, Francis Marion High School, Perry County
- Jamell Newton, Booker T. Washington High School, Macon County
- Eddie Todd II, Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School, Montgomery County
- Nathan E. Tolbert, Booker T. Washington High School, Macon County
- Ti-Ara J. Turner, Booker T. Washington Magnet High School, Montgomery County
- Jasmine M. Williams, Greene County High School, Greene County
- Jeremiah Williams, Carver High School, Montgomery County
- J’Karra Windham, Pickens County High School, Pickens County
“Our children are bright and ambitious achievers,” said Charles James, co-founder of Serious Injury Law Group. “It’s our intent to make this essay contest an annual celebration of students and the communities that support them. We are honored to be able to shine a spotlight on these young men and women. We’ve decided to call them our ‘Serious Scholars.’”
In addition to the scholarship checks presented at the awards banquet, the subjects of the essays were presented with plaques in appreciation of their contributions to Alabama’s “Living History.”
Brooks and James expect to open their next essay contest for entries in February 2018.
ABOUT SERIOUS INJURY LAW GROUP
Serious Injury Law Group, established in 2015, serves clients throughout the state of Alabama. The firm has offices in Birmingham, Hayneville, Mobile and Montgomery. For more information, call 855-SERIOUS.
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