"Living In a Blurred World" Essay Contest Winner
"Living in a Blurred World"
Essay Contest Winner
Tamika N. Washington
In observance of African American History Month, the Freedom Writers Foundation held an essay contest in which students used a personal story to show how African American History Month is relevant to them. We received an overwhelmingly large volume of submissions from kids from all walks of life. All of these submissions had one thing in common. Regardless of race, socio-economic status, which sports they play or don't play, what their sexual preference is, which learning disabilities they have or don't have, every respondent has experienced discrimination in their young lives.
One particularly brave student, whom we are happy to announce as the winner of the essay competition, has overcome numerous forms of discrimination to keep her heart and mind focused on school. Tamikia N. Washington has inspired everyone at the Foundation and we are happy to share excerpts from her entry here.
"A simple thing like a walk to school would be very discouraging because of all the verbal abuse and name calling I received from both adults and children. It made me feel embarrassed and uncomfortable and prevented me from participating in group activities. Instead of encouragement, I received criticism."
"Despite all of the struggles in my life, I am committed to making something great of myself and to show the world that anything is possible. For anyone facing a similar situation, I would advise you to focus on the bigger picture, which is yourself."
For her winning submission, Tamika will receive a "Write the Wrong" t-shirt signed by the Freedom Writers.