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The Roanoke Times Addison Youth Is State Jaycee Contest Winner

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09587.271 Author/Creator: The Roanoke Times Place Written: Roanoke, Virginia Type: Newspaper clipping Date: 1946 Pagination: 1 p. ; 19 x 10.2 cm.

A story discussing 17-year-old Kenneth Whitlock, from Lucy Addison High School, winning the Junior Chamber of Commerce regional oratorical contest. He is the first African-American to do so. The article also notes he was the president of the state NAACP Youth council and received a national award for the NAACP on the same day as his contest win.

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