BALTIMORE (WJZ)—From a civil rights leader to a poet to a journalist. Inspirational messages were heard at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on Sunday as 20 students competed for scholarships.

Adam May reports.

“The winner of the of 2011 Black History Oratory Contest is Kalyn Holden,” announced WJZ anchor Kai Jackson.

A senior at the Carver Center for the Arts and Technology in Baltimore County won a scholarship from Toyota Financial and other gifts from sponsors in the 19th Annual Black History Oratory Contest.

“I was so shocked, very surprised, I appreciate the experience,” said Holden.

As part of WJZ’s Community Commitment, students from across the state delivered one of three quotes chosen by librarians at the Enoch Pratt Library.

“This year the quotes are especially meaningful because they are about overcoming obstacles and facing challenges,” said Dr. Carla Hayden.

The winner quoted CBS news correspondent Byron Pitts.

“When you go through something in life and it does not kill you in doing so, use it to your advantage and prepare for a brighter future,” Holden quoted in her speech.

Congratulations to all the winners who participated in the contest.

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