In honor of past African American leaders, Kroger’s 9thannual “I Can Make History” contest encourages cultural and community pride. Kroger will award more than $71,000 in prizes in four categories – ART, ESSAY, MUSIC, AND POETRY. “We want to celebrate Black History Month and the many African Americans who have significantly contributed to our country in the past and the countless others who are working to better our communities today,” said a Kroger representative.
Students in newspaper and yearbook class at Thurston High School had many innovative entries in this contest.
Senior Arlissa Brock submitted the following poem:
Harriet Tubman, oh how I admire Harriet Tubman.
Labeled a slave and her freedom restrained,
She soon became a woman no one could no longer contain.
A strong black woman who stood up to the world,
where no one recognized her as a human nor girl.
Considered domestic property her dignity remained,
her brilliant mind decided life here needed to change.
Escaped from the horrors of abusement,
She took from her situation and created a movement.
Her fearless pursuits to free other slaves,
The Underground Railroad she made her way.
Sneaking into Slave Master’s plantations she committed her raids.
Her success helped save slaves in waves,
Oh how she left her enemies afraid.
She will always….deserve the honor and praise.
A ghost in the nights she was unnoticed
and became the one they nicknamed Moses.
Fearing death was not her motto
as she played a role as an apostle.
Helping to save more than 700 slaves
she paved the way.
Tubman’s courage and defeats will always have an imprint on history,
she was one of the few to start the beliefs that “Black Lives Matter.”
The movements that slowly began to end slaves misery,
cruel and inhumane lifestyles are now forever shattered.
For all the generations of families she has affect,
she gets my utmost respect.
Senior Kaylei Kerr submitted a photo.
“This photo has a million words in it. Young people can come together and impact history hand in hand. With us working together we could get anything done, whether it’s working on new technologies or just becoming friends. we no longer have to be afraid to be friends or hate on each other anymore and that’s all thanks to MLK. He made sure that we all can be friends and live on this earth together.”
Senior Eric Felton also entered a photo.
“Though this picture isn’t of him, he is the reason taking this type of picture is possible. Martin Luther King Jr. helped end segregation and allowed me to have friends that are white, mixed, and black. I can go to school with them and just hang out in public if I want. I look up to Mr. King because I too wish one day to be able to change lives as he did. “
Senior Simbi Oyedele submitted an essay on Malcolm X. Here are a few lines:
Mr. X was a leading voice to the black Islamic community and also converted many African Americans. Me myself, an african American muslim, feels like he continues to impact history. Malcolm X had a powerful influence on not just me but the American society and feelings towards race. In Malcolm, I see a great role model who fought tirelessly for his African American brothers.
No matter what the entry or the color of the skin of the student, they all celebrated black history month in their own way.