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Northeast High School celebrates Black History Month with African Symposium

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) – Lincoln Northeast High School held a special event on Saturday to celebrate Black History Month and showcase the connection many Black Americans have to Africa.

14-year-old Karrin Harris is one of the Northeast High poets whose poetry was featured at the African symposium. She spoke about the many misconceptions about black people and how these misconceptions affect her and her pears.

The high school director of equity for inclusion and diversity said that because Lincoln has a small population of blacks, it’s important to remind people of the racism some routinely face.

“This is where we need it most, because we have the fewest, we catch the most micro-aggressions when you live in the Midwest,” Kwame White said. “If you live in the South, you tend to live with people who look like you. In the Midwest you have to learn to adapt and grow. We want people in the Midwest to understand that they are connected to Africa and just because you live in America, doesn’t mean you are not connected to Africa.

The event also featured a footwork show, food, black businesses, and a live feed from Ghana so attendees could watch African dance.

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