The First African American Spelling Bee


Some are questioning plans to host an all African-American spelling bee in Houston this spring, saying it sends the wrong message to students.

Kids from five local schools will compete in the first-of-its-kind spelling bee in May. Organizer Jacqueline Terrell insists it helps level the playing field for many students.

“Most children that make it to the level to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, are either homeschooled or attend private school,” says Terrell. “They have more access to one-on-one training than children in public or inner city schools.”

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