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The last day of Black History Month went out with music from the community. Performers sang and recited poetry. This is Syracuse's first Black History Month Showcase. Our Iris St. Meran has more from performers about their involvement.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- They used their voices to entertain and to honor their ancestors. Performers took to the stage Thursday in Syracuse's First Black History Month Showcase.

"It's an honor to be a woman, to be a black woman and to be able to show the city that there is talent here and to share in the history of black people," said performer LaRae Martin-Coore.

The city partnered with Joan Hillsman Music Network to make this event possible. Hillsman is a music teacher who has taught across the country. She encouraged her students to take part as a way to help them feel empowered.

Dr. Joan Hillsman said, "I explained to my students that through poetry, music and dance, even the young people each day that you make a contribution, a positive attitude, when you contribute and perform is black history."

Although, black history month officially ends for this year, it is something that is part of these individuals and in their communities every day.

"There are thriving young adults, who are trying to be educators, who are going to be professionals. They're not the everyday norm. They're people who are getting educated and living what the American Dream is supposed to be," said Martin-Coore.

And they’re living the dreams of their forefathers who fought for freedom and equality.

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