Taking on Youthful Disdain


Thousands honored the memory of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with parades and service projects throughout Tampa Bay today. It was in his memory that a quiet teenage girl took on a somewhat larger challenge - to explain why many of her peers, young African American students, disdain education.

Faith Woodard is a very tall, 14-year old from Rogers Middle School in Riverview. She's also the first place award winner of this year's Tampa Organization of Black Affairs oratory competition.

'Leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King have been replaced by rap artists like Jay-Z and 50 Cent who proclaim themselves to be leaders and icons of the African American youth who glorify rebellion rejection and even assassination,' recited Woodard.

Woodard's five and a half minute speech was the surprise gem of TOBA's 29th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Breakfast.

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