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City leaders honor W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars
City leaders honor W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta leaders will dispense the celebrity treatment to six outstanding Georgia high school students this week.

It's Scholars Recognition Week, a series of celebrations that honor members of the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars program. This initiative was created by the Atlanta-based W.E.B. Du Bois Society to give fanfare and public recognition to high-achieving black students.

The W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars program is the only recognition outreach of its kind that is modeled after the lauded U.S. Presidential Scholars program and focused exclusively on African-Americans.

The Class of 2011 scholars reflect a diverse range of students from throughout the state:

* Camara Carter
Sandy Creek High School, Tyrone
Will attend Harvard University

* Danielle Daley
The Westminster Schools, Atlanta (Buckhead)
Will attend Georgetown University

* Julia Davis
School of Health Sciences & Research at Carver, Atlanta (Downtown)
Will attend Spelman College

* Camera Elliott
Pike County High School, Zebulon
Will attend the University of Georgia

* Asha Harris
Parkview High School, Lilburn
Will attend Georgia Tech

* Kevin Smith
Redan High School, Stone Mountain
Will attend Boston University

"We believe it is important to spotlight students who compete aggressively in the classroom to the same extent that we spotlight those who compete aggressively in other arenas, such as athletics and entertainment," said Etienne R. LeGrand, president and co-founder of the W.E.B. Du Bois Society. "We're hopeful that, through this fanfare, other African-American students will be inspired to work hard and believe in the importance of competing aggressively in the classroom as well."

During Recognition Week, which begins today, the six honorees will have the opportunity to interact with Georgia leaders. Events include lunch with Atlanta City Council members, a celebratory reception at Woodruff Arts Center, a conference with former NPR correspondent and civil rights pioneer Charlayne Hunter-Gault, and a VIP evening of the arts that includes a backstage tour of the Alliance Theatre.

The W.E.B. Du Bois society, named for the first African-American to earn a PhD from Harvard, is a 501(c)(3) corporation that works to leave a lasting, transformational impact on modern black teen culture, shifting the way these children, their families and the communities around them think about, recognize and reward academic achievement.