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– Photo by John Meiu


The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, the Association of Black Judges of Michigan, and the Wolverine Bar Association co-sponsored the 21st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Among those taking part were finalists (seated, l-r)  Heart Academy High School students Austin Myers, Tilmira Smith, Denella Barker, and Eron McSane; (standing) Shawntane Williams, 2013 MLK Advocacy Competition co-chair; Straker President Erica Bell;  Vassell Johnson II; Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan Judge Karen Braxton; Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan Referee David Perkins; Wayne County 36th District Court Judge Michael Wagner; ABJM President Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Leo Bowman; Wayne County 36th District Court Judge Alicia Jones-Coleman; Phil Phillips; Ronda Tate; Toni Raheem; Tenicia Vanzant, 2013 MLK Advocacy Competition co-chair; and Joline Davis. Finalist Rasana Cooley, also a Heart Academy High School student, is not pictured.