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The 100 Black men of Selma awards scholarships

The 100 Black Men Selma, Inc.  held its Annual Scholarship Recognition Program last weekend.

Marselis Jones, Tatyana Martin and Carlos Williams are this year’s scholarship recipients.

Jones and Martin are both Selma High graduates. Williams graduated from Wilcox Central High School.

Selma High graduate Taylor White is the first-ever recipient of the Dr. Donald Jefferson Scholarship award.

“We are grateful and thankful to all of our sponsors for making kids’ dreams come true to attend college,” 100 Men Selma President Billy Young said.

Young, the Selma City Council President, praised Jefferson, a former Selma Superintendent of Education.

“We are thankful for the many years of service Dr. Jefferson has offered to the students of Selma/Dallas County,” Young said.

All of the scholarship winners will attend college next year.

White, Selma High Salutatorian, will major in Journalism at the University of Alabama. She is tha daughter of Selma City Councilwoman Christie Thomas.

Williams plans to attend Coastal Alabama Community College.

Martin plans to attend Alabama-Birmingham and Major in Criminal Justice.

Jones will play basketball at Marion Military Institute.

The 100 Black Men of Selma membership includes Donavon McGuire, William Powell, Bishop Effell Williams, Daryl Thomas and Jerome Thames.

Young, Johnson and Jefferson are founding members of 100 Black Men of Selma. Johnson serves as Chaplain of the group. The group was formed in 2016.

The group was officially chartered as a member in Phoenix, Arizona on Dec. 10, 2016. They have four main pillars — mentoring, education, health and wellness and economic empowerment.