Spokane Black Voices: Celebrating Art, Poetry, and Empowerment 

The Spokane Black Voices Symposium returns as part of Black History Month celebrations. 

Hosted by Northwest Passages, the event coincides with the relaunch of the Black Lens newspaper. 

Sixteen students from the Spokane area will showcase their art and poetry at Gonzaga's Myrtle Woldson Theater. 

This year's theme, "Black Joy: An Aspirational Mindset," reflects a positive outlook amidst challenges. 

Black Lens Editor Natasha Hill will moderate a discussion among participating high school students. 

The symposium aims to empower African American students by providing a platform for their voices. 

Despite Spokane's small African American population, the event underscores the importance of their perspectives. 

Students from Kendra Egly's African American Literature class at Rogers High School will feature prominently. 

Excitement among students is palpable as they embrace the opportunity to share their insights. 

Attendees can expect heartfelt submissions reflecting personal experiences and literary inspirations. 

Organizers stress the importance of community support for the students' voices and contributions. 

The event marks a collaborative effort to celebrate and amplify diverse voices in Spokane. 

Attendees are encouraged to join in celebrating and supporting the students' creative expressions. 


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