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Fox Valley celebrates Black History Month

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Building a stronger future requires we understand our past.

The Fox Cities will have several opportunities to connect and learn as part of Black History Month.

The Appleton Area School District’s Black Student Union will host “Strong Roots, Amazing Achievements” today at 3 p.m. at Appleton North High School.

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes will provide the keynote address. State Superintendent of Schools Carolyn Stanford Taylor will also be in attendance. The event will also include an awards presentation, Tribute to the Culture, Black Student Union Cultural Expression (“Who Am I”) and a soul food dinner catered by Cozzy Corner.

Next week, the community will celebrate through song.

Appleton Boychoir will present “Horizons: A Black History Month Event” at 4 p.m. on Feb. 8 at Lawrence Memorial Chapel. The Appleton Boychoir  will present a moving musical tribute to freedom featuring the music of South Africa. They will perform works by Rudolf de Beer, Anders Nyberg, and even John Williams.

African Heritage Inc. will hold its 22nd Annual Fox Cities Community Black History Month Program on Feb. 15 at Fox Valley Technical College.

The event will include an open house at 1 p.m. featuring the Stone Of Hope pop-up museum and a collection of African American artifacts. A program will be held at 2 p.m. with a keynote address from Reggie Jackson, co-founder of Milwaukee’s Nurturing Diversity Partners. A soul food reception will be held from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m.

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