Dsef Scholarship Essays

Saturday, August 9, 2014


Nakita Shavers

Justice and Beyond*

Nakita Shavers, one of the principal members of the coalition Justice and Beyond, organized and won a statewide grassroots campaign that challenged and defeated the white members of the Louisiana Supreme Court when they violated their own rules to choose a white Chief Justice over the legitimate successor who is African-American. 

Ms. Shavers will discuss the activities and structure of the Justice and Beyond Coalition that allows this group to be free-wheeling, effective and democratic in its actions.  

Protesters with Silence is Violence

Nakita was born and raised in the Lower 9th ward of New Orleans, La. She is also the founder and executive director of the Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund (DSEF), and Co-Founder of Silence Is Violence Anti Violence Organization.  

Protesters marching to New Orleans City Hall
after murders of Dinerral Shavers and Helen Hill in 2007

DSEF conducts a popular and thorough annual Scholarship Essay Contest, Back to School Extravaganza, along with College Tours, Operation Giveback Campaigns, Mentorship, and Music and Cultural Education Programs.

Nakita is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Political Science Pre-law, has a Master’s of Public Administration with a Specialization in Non-Profit Management & Leadership, and a recent graduate of Loyola University’s Institute of Politics.

*The Justice and Beyond Coalition meets every Monday at 4:45 p.m. at Christian Unity Baptist Church, 1700 Conti at N. Claiborne (parking underneath the building.)


First Unitarian Universalist Church

5212 South Claiborne Av. New Orleans 

(Enter via posted signs at Soniat and South Claiborne)

10am – Progressive, Social Justice Community Networking

with Coffee, Juice and Light Breakfast Pastries*

11am to Noon- Featured Presentation

*$3.00 suggested donation

For more information, contact us:  


Held every second Saturday of each month, the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast 

has been a project of the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee 

since May 1983

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    —melanie feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Kingwood chef tackles another year as chief cook for rodeo championship BBQ team,"24 Feb. 2018

  • Top prize is a $2,000 club scholarship and an invitation to compete in the 2019 College Fishing National Championship.

    —frank sargeant, AL.com, "Friday Fishing Report,"23 Feb. 2018

  • Louisville later imposed scholarship and recruiting restrictions in an effort to mitigate further NCAA discipline.

    —CBS News, "Louisville ordered to vacate 2013 men's basketball title after NCAA denies appeal,"20 Feb. 2018

  • The Buckeyes only have five defensive ends on scholarship and two, Nick Bosa and Chase Young, may both be on their way to the NFL by the end of the 2019 season.

    —tim bielik, cleveland.com, "Five-star defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele from Hawaii schedules unofficial visit to Ohio State: Buckeyes football recruiting,"19 Feb. 2018

  • Indian Prairie School District 204 high school seniors who are finalists for 7,500 scholarships worth more than $32 million through the National Merit Scholarship Program have been announced.

    —staff report, Will County, "District 204 announces National Merit finalists,"14 Feb. 2018

  • Diocese officials said students in the new school are eligible to apply for the scholarships.

    —sarah freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "Four Aurora Catholic grade schools to consolidate,"6 Feb. 2018

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    —sergio carmona, Jewish Journal, "Annual bike ride and walk benefits Boys Town Jerusalem,"2 Feb. 2018

  • Proceeds go toward college scholarships and charities and local Marine families.

    —linda mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Kiwanians to run Pancake Breakfast for 52nd year...more events,"1 Feb. 2018


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