Victoria contest impressed famous writer

June 9, 2014 at 1:09 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

Seeing Dr. Michael Hummel's picture with Maya Angelou in the Advocate recently reminded me of one of my favorite memories of the Cultural Council of Victoria serving our community.

CCV had just completed their annual fourth-grade Black History Poster Contest. The theme that year was "Outstanding Black Women in Education and the Arts." One girl placed in the top five, featuring Maya Angelou. I asked Dr. Hummel if he would take the poster for her to autograph as a surprise for the student.

Maya Angelou wanted to know why a poster was done about her and what prize did the student receive. She was told the top winners received free tuition to Victoria College and the University of Houston-Victoria when they were ready to attend college in 12 years. She was totally amazed by a partnership that highlighted higher education by awarding such a gift.

So while Victoria was pleased and excited by Maya Angelou coming to speak at Victoria Collage, she left being impressed by a community that would reward fourth-grade students with college tuition, proving that it is never too early to plan for higher learning.

I am sorry I do not remember the student's name. I would love to know - did she go to college? Does she still have the poster?

LeOlive Rogge, Cultural Council of Victoria retired executive director, Victoria



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