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Diversity Committee Partners with National Bar Association to Host Competition

OBA Diversity Committee Chair Tiece Dempsey with students Evan Clear, Destinie Scott, Lauren Smitherman and NBA Region 10 Regional Director Eleanor Thompson.


(May 26, 2016 – OKLAHOMA CITY) The Oklahoma Bar Association Diversity Committee partnered with the National Bar Association on May 21 to host the NBA’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Region Ten Competition, sponsored by MetLife. High school students Lauren Smitherman (Heritage Hall), Destinie Scott (Harding Charter Prep) and Evan Clear (Bishop McGuinness) competed in the competition, which consisted of an essay portion and an oratory presentation addressing the question, “If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive, would he argue that Blacks should focus on the #AllLivesMatter movement to focus more globally and generally on all lives or would he support the #BlackLives Matter movement to focus more on black lives?”

Clear was selected as the Region Ten winner and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. She will go on to represent Region Ten at the national competition during the NBA’s annual national convention in July. Smitherman will receive a $500 scholarship, and Scott will receive a $250 scholarship.