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Black History Month celebration at BC Public Library

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - To recognize Black History Month, local organizations and the community came out to discuss empowerment and determination in response to the 2016 Presidential Election.

A Black History program took place Saturday at the Broome County Public Library.

It included a youth summit followed by a community program with conversations centered around the election of President Trump.

Some discussed their outrage while others talked about ways to speak out and empower others to make a difference.

Vivi Mandizha is a Vestal High School Senior who wrote a poem about the election.

Her message encouraged others to step up and speak out.

"There are a lot of black people, women, LGBTQ people, and working class people who are worried about their rights in this country.  Their fears are legitimate and since I'm a part of a lot of those groups, I wanted to address that, let them know that it's going to be okay.  There are trials but we'll get through them because we've always gotten through them," said Mandizha.

Other speakers included Kelly Clark, the Director of the LGBTQ Center at Binghamton University along with Carol Ross, the Vice President of Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer at SUNY Broome.

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