ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) – Senior Taevosha Blackwell at McKinley Classical Leadership Academy has won first place in a competition sponsored by The National Bar Association Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Oral Advocacy Competition. The competition was held at the law firm of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard.
The competition was based on students writing essays on the Trayvon Martin case. The question posed to the students, was: If Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive, would he advocate to repeal the Florida stand your ground law and other similar laws? Please discuss why or why not.
Miss Blackwell will now represent St. Louis in the Region VIII event to be held in Kansas City, Missouri on May 18, 2013. She will be compete against students from Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, for the opportunity to move onto the national finals to be held in Miami, Florida, on July 31st.