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Last updated 3/17/2021 at 4:34pm

Pictured in the front row, from left to right, and holding certificates, are Charlotte Coan, Lillian Swanson, Olivia Tiner, Abigail Zander, Leah Austin and Monica Schultz; in the back row are Geoff Love and Mike Dexter-Smith. Not holding certificates are Nina Clarke and Lylah Posnock, who both helped Swanson read her poem. (Courtesy photo by Howard Granat)

Last Sunday afternoon under an overcast sky, the Mary C. Jenkins Community Center property was blessed with its first Black History Poetry Awards Ceremony. There was a lovely turnout from the community. It's so important to have a receptive audience when you are about to be blessed with inspired poetry. We had three winners and five honorable mentions from an amazing pool of over 70 original submissions. For many of our entrants, it was their first time ever crafting a poem.

The youngest was 5 years old, with the eldest being 80. The inspiration for the contest came from one of o...



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