Kenyetta Robinson, a senior at Donaldsonville High School, won $100 for writing the award-winning essay in the River Road African-American Museum’s “Selma” essay contest.
The contest was part of a program honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King, said Kathe Hambrick Jackson, museum executive director.
The museum coordinated a trip to a Baton Rogue movie theater Jan. 19 for sophomores, juniors and seniors to see the movie “Selma.”
More than 100 students were given free tickets to the movie, and transportation was provided for 30 students from the Donaldsonville area thanks to several donors, Jackson said.
Fifteen students participated in the “Selma” essay contest, she said. Students were asked to analyze the impact of civil rights protests through a well-developed, argumentative essay, Jackson said.
One of the issues addressed in the essays was how life has changed for all Americans since the 1960s. Contestants will receive certificates from the RRAAM’s Education Department, she said.