The Neighborhood Scoop By Dr. Cynthia L. Toles


The Teen Zone in the Gadsden Public Library has been buzzing and beaming with teenagers throughout our city as the youths are using their ingenious talents to exhibit the Spoken Word. 

The City of Champion Toastmasters and the Gadsden Public Library have partnered to host a workshop for teens. This workshop has given teens an opportunity to use leadership skills and enhance their speaking abilities.

The Spoken Word workshop has been in session held in the Teen Zone for the past three weeks. It began April 8 and will continue until May 27.

To showcase the teens’ talents and abilities, The Spoken Word Slam will be held May 6 in the Lena Martin Room of the Gadsden Public Library from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. The public is invited.

Two young ladies that are connoisseurs and the group facilitators of the art of Spoken Word are professional Spoken Word artists Elizabeth Croft and Taomi Ray. The ladies have been amazed at the innate abilities shown by the youth in the group. The youth-teenagers have come the workshop ready to participate and perform their own materials. One of the highlights and noteworthy observation is the youth-teenagers creating some of their materials during the workshop and presenting it to the group. It has been amazing to see and hear the adroitness of our youth-teenagers.

The youth-teenagers participating in the workshop are Jermichael Williams, Jushice Bush, Antionette Warren, Kevin Fenzell, Jada Warren, Katora Williams, Braxton Bostick, Eric Simmons, Kyran Taylor, Elijah Campbell, Kiri Weaver and Tashara Spear.

There is still an opportunity for more youth-teenagers to join the workshop. We’ll see you in the Teen Zone at the Gadsden Public Library on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

On April 10, Venita King from the admission office of Alabama A&M University in Huntsville was our guest speaker at a regular meeting of the Gadsden Etowah Chapter of Alabama A&M Alumni Association, which was held at the Senior Activity Center in Gadsden. One of the responsibilities as an alumnus of Alabama A&M is to replace ourselves with the most promising students we can influence. Venita spoke to the group about benefits many students can receive as they begin to transition from high school to college.

On April 26, Alabama A&M will hold an open house for new students and transfer students. Venita encourages the alumni chapter and future students to attend the open house.

This year, the Alabama A&M University Alumni Chapter awarded scholarship to two aspiring college students. The recipients were Leondre Robinson of Etowah High School and Jalen Colley of Gadsden City High School.

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