Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Poetry Club Planning Summer Trip to Ghana

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Poetry Club Planning Summer Trip to Ghana

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Members of the African-American Poetry Club at Beaumont High School are planning a trip this summer to visit Ghana.

The high school poets are performing throughout the metropolitan area to raise about $20,000 so the 10 members can make a two-week trip to the western African nation. Students recite their poetry and music while dressed in clothing such as traditional western African garb called bubba and lapa or African inspirational clothing such as a gele headpiece.

Last Thursday, the group performed for employees of the Bi-State Development Agency at Bi-State's facility on DeBaliviere Avenue. Their message was: Love being black, stop violence and praise God. "A lot of times African-Americans lose touch with the African setting," says junior Kenyatta Anderson, Miss African-American Poetry Club and vice president of the organization. The students' own poetry reflects their passion for black history and culture and a desire to change negative stereotypes. "We're trying to get people to be proud of their heritage and stop the senseless violence that's going on," says Kenyatta. "The message we're sending is that to be black is a good thing and people need to respect that. …

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