4th annual summit brings black youth together

On Saturday area black students got together for a day of learning and entertainment.

The fourth annual Black Youth Summit took place at Lincoln Middle School.

The event brings together middle to high school students that identify as black to engage in tough conversations about race, societal pressures, and social justice in a safe space.

The Summit also focuses on building self-confidence, academic achievement, and community involvement.

One school district employee says it’s a chance for black youth to connect and feel less isolated in a primarily white community.

“We live in a community where we don’t have a strong identity, so sometimes we feel isolated, and so this is a time for us to come together and build together, and see one another and be like, okay, it’s okay for me to be who I am and to speak about who I am,” Danya Day said.

Forty-five area students, students from UW-L, and community members took part in today’s summit.

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