Say her name: “Zaila Avant-Garde”. Avant-Garde means an intellectual class that develops new or experimental concepts, especially in the arts. Words such as, “radical”, and “unorthodox” are often attributed to this class. The avant-garde push boundaries, and reject what is culturally accepted as conventional wisdom or the status quo.
How appropriate that this beautiful, Black girl would be the one who shatters the lies being shoved down children’s throats at the behest of their betters, under the guise of fighting structural racism and white supremacy.
Rock on, Zaila Avant-Garde, the First Black American Winner of The 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
The real life “Akeelah and the Bee”. Congratulations young lady 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 pic.twitter.com/abX6hyjaKZ
— Conscious Black Conservative Educator (@FavoriteTeach11) July 9, 2021
From the Associated Press:
Zaila Avant-garde understood the significance of what she was doing as she stood on the Scripps National Spelling Bee stage, peppering pronouncer Jacques Bailly with questions about Greek and Latin roots.
Zaila knew she would be the first African American winner of the bee. She knew Black kids around the country were watching Thursday night’s ESPN2 telecast, waiting to be inspired and hoping to follow in the footsteps of someone who looked like them. She even thought of MacNolia Cox, who in 1936 became the first Black finalist at the bee and wasn’t allowed to stay in the same hotel as the rest of the spellers.
But she never let the moment become too big for her, and when she heard what turned out to be her winning word — “Murraya,” a genus of tropical Asiatic and Australian trees — she beamed with confidence. It was over.
Declared the champion, Zaila jumped and twirled with joy, only flinching in surprise when confetti was shot onto the stage.
“I was pretty relaxed on the subject of Murraya and pretty much any other word I got,” Zaila said.
Zaila Avant-garde, a 14-year-old from New Orleans, won the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night by correctly spelling the word “murraya.” Zaila becomes the first African American national champion in the spelling bee’s history.pic.twitter.com/QYbO9QPHqF
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