We would like to start this month by honoring Keanu Maples a young black student at Rogers High School a junior who recently received a Elizabeth Wesley award along with 203 honorees. As a ROTC student Keanu had to maintain a reasonable GPA, write an essay and show community involvement in order to be honored by the committee. 

We learned about Keanu through his mother who is an awesome lady that works down on Pacific Ave not far from the 907. She stops in to shop for him during the holidays and when he's done something exceptional in school or in his extracurricular activities. He's the kind of black youth that we don't see get the shining accolades every day in this era of social media fame and over night hip-hop ambitions. He's an example of what we want to see from the youth, let's excel in community involvement, business and education - invent something with your friends, build the next video game instead of spending all night beating one. 

We enjoy honoring one another outside of Black History Month - our youth are doing amazing things every day in every part of the world and in every age range. Congrats young Maples - continue to make mom proud.  

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In addition to young Maples another endearing example of our youth doing their part to keep the heritage of what we have been through, being of a darker skin tone, alive is Davon White. D. White is currently a second year student at the University of Washington and heavily involved in all things geared towards the networking and excellence of black students on campus. Raised on the Eastside of Tacoma Davon had never been outside of Washington state - until now. Davon and a group of students and community leaders from Seattle, Bellevue and elsewhere are taking a tour through the South to physically touch, see and feel areas and landmarks that were ground-zero for the Civil Rights Movement. They will also be participating in Bloody Sunday. Davon is only 19 and as one of the 54 members on the trip his voice is being heard by many - but this is not his first time being seen and heard while speaking about his experiences and education of Black history and perception in America. 

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