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Promoting socially and emotionally healthy youth, Media Rhythm Institute likes to expose them to new opportunities and experiences. MRI takes pride in our history and roots! We know it is our duty to teach our OWN history to the youth to make real change. On November 8th, sixty-eight 7th and 8th grade scholars earned a trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.

Prior to the trip, the students read an educational excerpt about the vicious and gruesome murder of 14 year-old Emmett Till. Students saw that even as a black child, you were not safe from racism and white supremacy’s law. Emmett Till’s story is also relevant due to the fact that his accuser, Carolyn Bryant Donham, admitted that her accusations were false. Students also read 47 by Walter Mosley, which was a fiction story about a slave boy growing up on a plantation under a brutal slave master.

The story of Emmett Till and the book 47 helped prepare the scholars for the real life experience of our own ancestors obstacles. The culture created by black people in early America was one that has affected the WORLD, bonding us through culture and shared trauma.

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