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2014 Moton Fellows

The Gloucester Institute is now accepting early applications for Summer 2014 Moton Fellows.

Letter From Kay

Dear friends,

Our Emerging Leaders came together once again this past weekend to develop their leadership skills, this time in the area of debate! After arriving on campus Friday evening, our students watched Denzel Washington’s The Great Debaters, the film on which we base our Great Debate event. Even though I watch this film every year with the students, it still gives me chills! We had an early start on Saturday as we gathered in the classroom for a thorough lesson on debate led by Mr. Rick Trumbo. Rick is an Instructor of Latin and Humanities at Veritas School. The students gathered into teams for the rest of the afternoon to prepare arguments for the following morning’s first round of debate. The resolution was “The Supreme Court of The United States should uphold the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 and rule in favor of protecting for-profit companies’ exercise of religious freedom.” I was encouraged as I listened to the sounds of discussion, research, and debate.

All that preparation paid off on Sunday morning for the first round of debates. Our four teams became two teams after they argued their cases in front of guest judges, “Miss Community” Clovia Lawrence and Ms. Kitra Williams, among others. The winning teams then spent the next few hours preparing themselves for the final debate at 3:00 in front of judges Mr. Voltaire Sterling, Ms. Deanna Bass, and Ms. Shashrina Thomas, Deputy Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, and with Mr. Don Roberts, co-anchor of WAVY TV, moderating the event. The lessons of the morning before were not wasted; I am proud to say that our students performed exceedingly well! They presented their arguments gracefully and with the utmost composure, delivering their words carefully and with conviction. Their arguments were just as well-groomed as the students themselves. I so wish that all of our supporters could have seen them! I did not envy the judges; their task was difficult as the teams were competitively well-matched. Following a reception at the historic Holly Knoll, our judges declared the winning team!

Congratulations to Paige Greenwood, Quenton Jordan, and Simone Summers of Hampton University and Arogeanae Brown of Virginia State University on their victory! The students and our guests continue to inspire me in my work for The Gloucester Institute. I am eternally humbled by the support of all of our donors and followers! This event could not have been a success without you!



The Emerging Leaders Program



This exciting program strengthens students’ core writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills. Emerging Leaders are engaged in unique learning and mentoring opportunities that correspond to their interests and foster personal development. Students gain valuable insight into corporate, public, political, and nonprofit worlds through exposure to new ideas, fascinating places, and dynamic established leaders. Unlike many leadership programs, Emerging Leader Program services are free to participants and there is no cost to apply. 

Emerging Leaders are highly motivated African-American and Latino undergraduates. These students possess undeniable leadership potential which is typically demonstrated in their moral character, extracurricular activities, and the respect earned from their peers, faculty, and community. Emerging Leaders have at least a 3.0 grade point average and must be rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors at a fully accredited college or university in Virginia.

Students come away from the Emerging Leaders Program with knowledge and skills that are both relevant and beneficial to their career journey, and that add value to the scholarly community. As a result, the Emerging Leaders Program has helped to prepare students to pursue and compete at some of the nation’s top graduate school programs, which include the Masters program in economics at Georgetown University, the PhD program in psychology at UC Berkley, the Masters program in theology at Princeton University, and the MBA and MD programs in medicine at Harvard University. Our students also gain employment at top businesses and firms such as Amerigroup, Verizon, Prudential Financial, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Marriott Corporate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and Teach for America.

-  U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott 
-  Former U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts
-  Governor of Virginia Robert McDonnell
-  Chairman of Omniplex and President of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Julien Patterson
-  United States Federal Court of Appeals Judge Janice Rogers Brown
-  Former Secretary of Education Rod Paige, Ph.D
-  President of Verizon Virginia Robert Wolftz
-  Editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch Glenn Proctor

The Emerging Leaders Program is made possible through a unique partnership and grant from the Verizon Foundation.

Meet the 2014 Emerging Leaders

Ms. Keioni Walker is a sophomore and psychology major at Virginia State University pursuing a career as a child psychologist and guidance counselor. She enjoys drawing and will read

anything concerning Greek mythology! She believes that “everything happens for a reason,” and loves baked pasta and oldies music. Her parents are her heroes.






Ms. Arogeanae Brown is a sophomore and agriculture business major at VSU pursuing a career with the USDA and as a politician. She is a member of the VSU chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS), and enjoys reading, travelling, performing community service, listening to hip hop, R&B, soul, and reggae, and eating soul food and ribs. Her favorite books are Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and Richard Wright’s Black Boy. Her heroes are Harriet Tubman and Tupac, and she believes in the words of Buckminster Fuller: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”





Ms. Katherine Wilson is a senior at VSU majoring in business management with a concentration in human resources and pursuing a career in human resources, operations, and finance. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA). She enjoys drawing, debating, fishing, listening to 90’s R&B, and eating shrimp alfredo! Her favorite books are the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and her hero is her mother. She believes in the words, “The quickest way to get a job is to start doing it.”






Ms. Zarreen Johnson is a senior majoring in mass communication and minoring in marketing at VSU and pursuing a career in marketing research. She enjoys reading, listening to R&B, and claims that everything is her favorite food! Her favorite book is Steve Harvey’s Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, and her favorite artist is Kelly Rowland. She believes that “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” Her father is her hero.







Renovations Are Well Under Way At the Moton Campus


Empty Dorm Room: Following renovations, our dorm rooms were completely bare.







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