Essay Winners Voice Concerns on Racism during annual Breakfast


 The Laughlin Memorial Chapel in Wheeling held their third annual Martin Luther King Day breakfast, but there was something new this year.

The breakfast featured local winners of the West Virginia 2015 Project on Racism Essay Contest. It’s a statewide contest that gives students the opportunity to voice their thoughts and opinions on racism.

The YWCA puts on the contest and used an excerpt from Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech as the topic for the essay.

“So these concepts of freedom, our rightful place, dignity and discipline, these were topics of this year’s essay contest,” said Rita Gupta, of the YWCA Cultural Diversity Program. “It was really a pleasure to administer this essay contest. We received over 500 essays from across the state of West Virginia.”

All of the winners were invited to read their essays during the event.

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