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BLMR Essay Contest Award Winners
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Alfonso Romero Gonzalez

Milwaukee Area Technical College

$1,000 Financial Award

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December 2023


Thank you to all BLMR essay participants!

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Charles Nwakanma

Canterbury High School

$1,000 Financial Award


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 Essay Deadline: October 31st at Noon PST
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Entrant’s Essay Requirements

The typed essay should have the following:

Answer the writing prompt. Include evidence from the text to support your perspectives and analyses.

Include a brief summary of the book’s plot.

The essay must be typed, double-spaced, 1 ½ pages minimum, and 2 pages maximum.

At the top of the essay type your name, cell #, complete mailing address, and your school’s name.

Submit a photo of you reading your selected book.

Submit your essay and photo to .



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Winners and Awards

Black and Latino Men Read’s Winners and Awards

All Black and Latino Men Read (BLMR) winners will be required to complete a Consent Form with the participant’s signature and a teacher’s signature.

If the participant is under 18, the Consent Form must be signed by either a parent or guardian and a teacher or counselor.

Winners will be notified by December 20th.

Winners will receive their financial awards by December 30th.

Winners’ names and photos will be posted on the Black and Latino Men Read website in December.



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About Black and Latino Men Read

Tate’s Consultant Services (TCS) and Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore have joined together to promote literacy for Black and Latino young men who are enrolled in either a high school, community college, and/or 4-college/university. The Black and Latino Men Read essay contest will be held every October. TCS is an organization that promotes academic success and literacy amongst young people of color. Its co-sponsor, Tia Chucha’s Centro, is a nonprofit cultural center and bookstore in Sylmar, California.

Annual Essay Contest

Eligible Participants: Black and Latino Men Read essay contest is open to Black and Latino young men, 14 years of age or older, who are enrolled in either a high school, community college, and/or 4-year college/university.

Financial Award

BLMR Winners’ Financial Awards: Two winners will receive a financial award of $1,000 each.

Essay Contest

BLMR Essay Contest Writing Prompt: Write about a fictional character or a person in a nonfiction book who faced a challenging obstacle. Describe both the efforts the person took to overcome the obstacle and the lessons learned. Would you have handled the obstacle the same way or differently?


Contest Deadline: The deadline is 12 noon, PST, October 31st. No late entries will be accepted.






Students must be 14 years of age or older to participate.

A Black or Latino male student currently enrolled in either a high school, community college, and/or 4-year college/university.

Submission of a typed essay and a photo of you reading your selected book.


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Tate’s Consultant Services (TCS), LLC

Beverly Tate founded Tate’s Consultant Services, (TCS), LLC in June 2015 to provide young people of color, who are living in underserved communities, with academic tools and strategies that will help them succeed in school. TCS has four main programs: Stay College Connected Academic Workshops; the Black and Latino Men Read annual essay contest; Young Women of Color Read annual essay contest, and book donations to under-resourced schools and organizations.

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Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore was founded in 2003 by noted Chicano author and activist, Luis J. Rodriguez, his wife, Trini Rodriguez, Angelica Loa, and Victor Mendoza of El Vuh. Rooted in high needs communities, the mission of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural is to transform community in the Northeast San Fernando Valley and beyond through ancestral knowledge, the arts, culture, literacy, and creative engagement.

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Luis J. Rodriguez


"One summer I was homeless in L.A. When I was about fifteen, I used to go to the library to get books. I would have books in abandoned cars, in the seats, cubby holes on the L.A. River—just to have books wherever I could keep them. I just loved to have books and that really helped me. I didn’t realize it was going to be my destiny. I didn’t know I was going to be a writer."

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Mel Donalson


"Writing has no borders. Even when choosing a particular genre or deliberately mixing forms, writing has provided me a particular freedom. A freedom to pursue personal expression. A freedom to criticize or celebrate the people and world around me. Writing provides ways to encourage a reader to feel, think, and act. Writing is personal, but serves as that pathway to connect to others. Writing has been my weapon, my addiction, my salvation, and my source of hope."

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BLMR Book Poets at Black Male Conference

BLMR Recommends

♦ For Everyone
by Jason Reynolds
♦ Letters to a Young Brother
by Hill Harper
♦ Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones
by Quincy Jones
♦ The Measure of a Man
by Sidney Poitier
♦ Always Running
by Luis J. Rodriguez
♦ The Four Agreements
by Don Miguel Ruiz

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Donations to Black and Latino Men Read: If you or your organization is interested in making a donation to Black and Latino Men Read, please email Beverly Tate at .

Special thanks: Dr. Harry Smallenburg