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African American leadership summit teaches history

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Updated: 2/16/2013 11:21 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- African American leaders in Las Vegas are trying to pass the torch to younger ones, instilling in them life skills and a glimpse into Black History as it is being celebrated this month.

The history of African Americans was a very important part of what organizers of the African American Youth Leadership Summit wanted to expose teenagers to from high schools across Las Vegas at the West Las Vegas Library.

Students were shown a film that exposed them to the civil rights movement, and other important parts of African American history and for Andrea Cavaco, that was very eye-opening.

“It was like heartbreaking to see it because I wouldn't want to see anyone go through that, I just can't imagine,” Cavaco said.

But now she is aware of her history.

“I didn't know we, like African Americans went through that much so it was different for me because I had never actually seen pictures or anything,” Cavaco said.

Teens were also able to learn more about college and its importance, and money management.

Yahyah Cason wants to get into business, perhaps become an entrepreneur. He learned a lot from the workshop on money.

“I learned the difference between the checking account and a credit card and what are your assets and just stuff you need and what you want are two different things,” Cason said.

This is the 11th summit, and Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly is proud to have hosted year after year.

“To remind these students you aren't here by accident and you're standing on the shoulders of people who have fought and have given their lives to be able to have this opportunity to come in and receive this type of information,” Weekly said.

He urges these students to start thinking about their legacies and what they will leave behind for future generations.



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