Sadie T.M. Alexander Social Justice Essay Contest Winners

DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. would like to extend our biggest congrats to our first and second place winners for our Sadie T.M. Alexander Social Justice Essay Contest!! Both Sequoi Felix and India Gay wrote beautifully written essays during Women's History Month and were awarded certificates and $100 visa gift cards.

The objective of this contest was to encourage high school student participants to think critically about issues that effect women of color. While focusing mainly on women of color in leadership/decision making decisions, participants will analyze how macro and micro-aggressions disproportionately effect them at staggering rates. In addition, participants had the chance to explain how women of color influence the United States’ political, social and economic climate.

The essay contest is named after Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, a pioneer of African descent in the United States. Born into a prominent black family in Philadelphia, Alexander led a life of service, prestigious educational accomplishments, and leadership. Alexander’s uncle was infamous painter Henry Ossawa Tanner and her aunt Dr. Hallie F. Mossell founded Tuskegee Institute’s School of Nursing and Hospital.

Sadie Alexander graduated from Penn with honors and her Bachelor’s of Science degree in education in 1918, and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Penn, ultimately becoming the first black woman to earn the degree. Upon her graduation, Sadie served as the first national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, from 1919-1923. Alexander also enrolled in University of Pennsylvania Law School becoming the first woman to earn both her Ph.D. and Juris Doctorate.

Sequoi is in 9th grade and India is in 10th grade at The U School in North Philadelphia and are both matched with college student of color mentors in the DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. Mentoring Program.

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