Dear Editor: In these challenging times, I write to applaud the African American students who were recognized recently for their academic and artistic achievements during a virtual ceremony that was presented by the Afro-Academic Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO). The NAACP founded ACT-SO more than 40 years ago to provide a local and national forum through which youth of African descent can demonstrate academic, artistic and scientific excellence. The honored students were Kadjata Bah, Danielle Crim, Hanna Eyobed, Maci Fulton, Bruce Lee, Yahya Jaru, Tziah McNair, Madison Mosley, Hunter Stephenson and Walker Stephenson. I also applaud the work of Frances Huntley-Cooper, the chair of the Dane County NAACP-ACT-SO, and the other dedicated adults who coached and mentored these young people. The work of these dedicated volunteers, which highlights the achievements of these young people in our community, advances the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. that, one day, we may all live in a nation where we will be judged by our character and achievements, and not by the color of our skin.
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