Gloria Lockerman's Spelling Bee Upset 2020-10-16 | WYPR

Gloria Lockerman's Spelling Bee Upset 2020-10-16

Oct 16, 2020

Every year Baltimoreans hear about the National Spelling Bee where 12-year-old contestants are successfully spelling such esoteric words as tenebrous, dysphagia and retrogression. Up through the 1950s students from Baltimore City's junior high schools, under the sponsorship of the Baltimore Sun, competed in the National Spelling Bee. And here is where we begin the heartbreaking story of a little, 12-year-old African-American girl named Gloria Lockerman.