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Black History Month Kicks Off with Poetry Slam

February 06, 2018 07:29 PM

(ABC 6 News)- All of February, the diversity council, and others are celebrating Black History Month.

In addition to RCTC, the Diversity Council has partnered with Winona State University Rochester, University of Minnesota Rochester, the Rochester Art Ensemble, and the library for this year's celebration.

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Students with powerful words recited their poems to at Black History Month poetry slam, as a celebration of black success in U.S history.

Daniel Solis director at the Rochester Art Ensemble MC’d the event and said the students were brave for even sharing their stories

"They get up there and they speak their truths and they're not preaching to the choir, I mean when you look out at the audience it’s pretty mixed and black people are not the majority, “said Solis.

Students of different ages and races from STEM Academy in Rochester and R-C-T-C poured their hearts into their poems.

"Throughout history, we have been discriminated against, and so we get one month to actually be great and to feel great about ourselves," said Nasro Araye, a student at STEM Academy.

 And while some topics were hard to hear, it caught the audience's attention.

"we don’t have much to express our pride and when we do were are dehumanized and told that we are too loud be quiet but it’s like we are allowed to express our emotions without any judgment," said Araye.

Organizers say they want all students to know that black history is more than just a month - but instead everyday life.

Each black history event is free. If you would like a complete list of the month’s events visit featured links on our website.  


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