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Motorcycle clubs held essay competition in honor of African American History

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Jeanie Harmon and Wayne Tucker present one of the winners with a trophy and gift certificate at award ceremony. Jeanie Harmon and Wayne Tucker present one of the winners with a trophy and gift certificate at award ceremony.
PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) -

On Sunday, Iron Roses Motorcycle and Infamous Motorcycle Clubs awarded trophies, certificates and gift cards to Pass Christian children, who took part in their Black History essay competition.

Kids in elementary, middle and high school took part in the contest and were honored in front of the congregation at Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church in Pass Christian.

Jeanie Harmon is the president of the all women motorcycle club called Iron Roses.

Both her club and Infamous Motorcycle Club wanted to enlighten younger age groups with knowledge of the lesser known African Americans, who have contributed to the advancement of the African American culture.

"We wanted to challenge them a little bit. We didn't want them to write about just the normal Black History that you hear about with people like Martin Luther King and Harriet Tubman, but we gave them other names to consider as well," said Wayne Tucker, Vice President of Infamous Motorcycle Club of Gulfport .

Contestants were asked to write about people like African American novelist, poet and playwright, Paul Lawrence Dunbar. He became one of the first nationally accepted African American writers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

"We just read so many. The overall contest very successful. We had several essays that came from several different churches in Pass Christian and I just can't focus on just one thing because all of them were actually great and it was kind of hard to pick," Harmon said.

Elementary and middle school students were asked to write a 500 word essay and high schoolers were asked to write a 1,000 word essay. If you are interested in joining these clubs you can head to Facebook and search for: Iron Roses. You can also visit their web page: http://www.ironrosesmc.com/#. For information on Infamous Motorcycle Club email: infamous_mc_gulfport@yahoo.com.

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