Alanna Fletcher 13, attends Union Grove Middle School in Harker Heights, lives in Harker Heights
Tell me about your family.
My mother is Deondra Fletcher and my stepdad is Timothy Williams and I have a little sister named Timara Williams.
Where are you from originally?
I am originally from Fort Hood. I was born at Darnall Army Hospital.
What kind of student are you?
I am an A and B student. I started a black history club at my school, Union Grove Middle School. We learn about our culture, clothing, and dancing tribe kind of stuff. In our school we don’t recognize African-Americans that much in history, so in February, I decided to do something about that. I talked to the principal about starting the club at our school and it was approved. We had our first meeting in February.
Students of all different nationalities have signed up to join this club — it is so diverse. because they all want to learn about African Americans.
Our first project that we did was called Project African American Inventors. We learned about all the things that were invented by African-Americans.
I started this club because I want to show students more than just Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks.
Do you do any community work?
I am a Delta Gem and I do community work with them. I have been in a beauty pageant two summers in a row called National American Miss. I do community service with this organization also. With the pageant I did a fundraiser to raise money; we did two bake sales. I help the younger grades in my school with school work when they are struggling. I volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club at my school.
What is your favorite store in Harker Heights?
My favorite store in Harker Heights is Rue 21.
What is your favorite restaurant in Harker Heights?
My favorite restaurant in Harker Heights is Little Ceasar’s.
What is the last book that you read?
The last book that I read was “Drama” by Raina Telgemeier.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The last movie that I saw was “Mississippi Darned.”
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself being an activist in 10 years.
What made you decide to be an activist?
I feel like African Americans are being mistreated and this is why I want to be an activist.
Protests need to be taken seriously because what is happening to the African Americans is real serious stuff.
Do you plan on attending college?
Yes. I plan on attending Julliard for acting.
Do you think that African-American history should be added to the school curriculum?
Yes, Because we are not learning enough about us. The only things we learn about African American history in school is slavery. I want to learn about the positive stuff like the Civil Rights movement. We only had a short PowerPoint presentation about black history at school this year.
Black history should be more than a month; it should be everyday knowledge.
What advice would you give to students that are younger than you?
Believe in your dreams. Don’t judge a book by its cover. If they tell you can’t do something (like them telling me that I couldn’t start a black history club at my school), ignore them and prove them wrong. Ignore the negativity.