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NAACP event discusses the struggles for disadvantaged students

Written by on March 2, 2020

Photo courtesy to the NAACP Facebook page 

NORMAL,Ill.-  A NAACP event at Heartland community college took a historical perspective and prioritized Native American tribes who’s land was built on Heartland. The NAACP also localize the discrimination issues and encouraged minority students to speak up about the injustices that face our community.

The event focused on the stories of African American students who faced discrimination and bigotry here in Bloomington-Normal.

However, the atmosphere was not one of anger or revenge, but rather one of reconciliation.

Opening speaker Terrance Bond welcomed all participants, and offered congratulations for those who knowingly entered a situation that may cause discomfort.

One way the NAACP encourage minority students was by breaking off into groups.

These groups were made to specifically discuss questions about educational inequality.

Ideas and perspectives were encouraged to be exchanged.

Students, educators and individuals of all backgrounds discussed why minority students are experiencing record-breaking dropout records.

The groups also discussed solutions on how to connect with students facing difficulties at home.

The Bloomington-Normal NAACP chapter president Linda Foster was enthusiastic to elaborate on the importance of the organization’s presence in the community.

“There are things we can get accomplished together. By working together. But you have to address those issues first. You have to collaborate,” said Foster.

“There is no time for  prejudice, only progress.”