Sunday, August 14, 2022

Young Orators Awarded by Sigma Gamma Rho & Our Authors Study Club Los Angeles

Oratorical Contest 1st Place Winner Mia Moore (Center), 2nd Plac
Oratorical Contest 1st Place Winner Mia Moore (Center), 2nd Place Hunter Young (3rd from left) and 3rd Place Winner Jeremiah Davis (2nd from RT) pictured with Committee L. Shelby, T. Lyons & J. Gordon also from OASC. April 10, 2021 Photo by Curtis Sabir

*Our Authors Study Club (OASC) and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Sigma Sigma Alumnae Chapter is proud to announce winners for the 2021 Oratorical Contest.

Mia Moore, a 9th grader from Glendale, California won 1st Place for her excellent exhortation of the topic The Black Family: Representation, Identity & Diversity.

Coming in 2nd Place was 9th grader Hunter Young, a student at Branded Genius Academy and a member of Boy Scout Troop 848 in Los Angeles.

11th grader Jeremiah Davis placed 3rd from St. John Basco in Bellflower, CA and he also represented the Gamma Zeta Boule’ Foundation.

An honorable mention was awarded to Ryshaun Brown, a 9th grader from Blue Ridge Academy in Santa Clarita, CA.

Oratorical Contest sponsored by Our Authors Study Club & Sigma G
Oratorical Contest sponsored by Our Authors Study Club & Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc Sigma Sigma Chapter 2021 winners Hunter Young (2nd), Mia Moore (1st), Jeremiah Davis (3rd). Photo by Curtis Sabir

The 2021 contest was held virtually via Zoom on March 27th and a live awards presentation was held on April 10th at the View Park Chapter headquarters of the NCNW (National Council of Negro Women).

It is with great honor that OASC and the Sigma Sigma chapter continue to cultivate  young orators and keep the sacred traditions of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, which was founded in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson.

See more on this great organization at  The Los Angeles local chapter was founded in 1945 by the late Vassie D. Wright, who was also a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

For more information go to or email President (Basileus) of Sigma Sigma Chapter is Vanessa Rickman. Grand Basileus of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is Rasheeda S. Liberty.

LaRita Shelby cropped slate shot
LaRita Shelby
Journalist & Dir. Digital Strategy at

LaRita “Jazzy Rita” Shelby is a writer & entertainer and Director of Digital Strategy & Sales for, newly branded Everything Urban & Radioscope.  Winner of MIMPA’S 2020 Entertainment Journalist of the Year Award & Proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho.  LaRita is the author of The Brand Beside the Brand and On My Father’s Side. Chat, swap ideas & vision at

LaRita Shelby
LaRita "Jazzy Rita" Shelby is a broadcast media & marketing professional. She serves as VP of Business Development & Special Projects at Additionally she is an actress, singer/songwriter who has appeared on TV and in film. LaRita has an undergrad degree from LMU in Los Angeles and an M.A. in Media & Communications Psychology from Touro University Worldwide.




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