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“There’s an imaginary bar set where a lot of us will bump our heads on. That bar is imaginary. It does not exist unless you want to make it exist....

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“We have a unique experience here at Amana. Our principals are 3 African American women. If this isn’t a Barack Obama moment, I don’t know what is. And they’re pouring...

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  “You don’t have to be a product of your environment. You can come outside of the four walls of your community, and you can become something more, something better,...

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“Madame CJ Walker was a nappy- haired, Black girl like me growing up and being picked on about her hair and her skin. But she turned something negative into something...

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“I want for my kids, and for all kids to be able to have everything that they feel they deserve- not what I want, not what their teacher wants, not...

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“Behind us is an ugly past, so we can’t go backwards. Let us march into the future, but here’s the password: self-love.” – Jaden Smith, 6th Grade Student...

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“Learning about the history of the black community has propelled me to a place where I am now unapologetically me and comfortable in my own skin.” – Zachary Brown, 7th...

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