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Black Voice Brings American History to Black Future Leaders

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Black Future Leaders, an organization that works with 100 Black youths each year, provides young Black students who have exhibited leadership skills with mentors and facilitators for monthly seminars and workshops.

The organization provides Black youth the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities.

In celebration of Black History Month the program brought back former participants: Regina Brown and Dr. Paulette Brown-Hinds.

Cheryl Brown, a modern day Underground Railroad conductor, recited a monologue from the play Straight From Tha Underground written by Rickerby Hinds. The young people were amazed at the history lesson.

When asked what they knew about slavery, one student said her teacher told them the Civil War wasn’t fought over slavery it was purely economic.

The students were amazed but not quite convinced that Black people were held in such horrible bondage.

Brown encouraged them to find out about their own stories and their own families. The past is important because it determines your future, she concluded.

The Black Future Leaders program includes a summer in residence at a local university. For more information on BFL write them at BFL, Inc., 715 South Alice Street, Rialto, CA 92376

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