SCLC/W.O.M.E.N. Annual Oratorical Contest, 1980

A group of women are shown posing for a picture while Evelyn G. Lowert presents an award to Shelby L. Thurman, the regional winner in the SCLC/W.O.M.E.N.’s National Oratorical Contest. Written on verso: Cutline — Mrs. Evelyn Lowery, Convenor-Coordinator of SCLC/WOMEN (Women’s Organization Movement For Equality Now) presents an award to Shelby L. Thurman the regional winner in the SCLC/WOMEN’s National Oratorical Contest, in which a high school graduate will receive a $1,000 scholarship for college education. The award will be presented at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s (SCLC) 23rd Annual Convention in Cleveland, Ohio in August. The Scholarship is the top award in the contest based on the theme: “WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT MEANS TO YOUTH TODAY, YOUR ROLE — YOUR FUTURE.” Local and regional winners have already been selected. In addition to the first place scholarship award, plaques and certificates will be presented to second and third place winners. Pictured in the second row are Octavia Vivian, Geneva Cole and Gwendolyn Campbell. In the back row are Vargie Watkins, Janis Alexander, Tandi Gcabashe [Thandi Luthuli Gcabashe], Juanita Love, Hazel Griffith and Barbara Woods.

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