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In this workshop, Ntare Ali Gault emphasizes how exploring one’s own family story can be a powerful tool for understanding the history of slavery in the United States. Ntare shares his personal experience of how receiving a school assignment to “find his roots” ended up helping him take ownership of a part of history that would later become a major point of inspiration for his poetry. After performing some of his poetry inspired by his family members who were formerly enslaved, Ntare will ask students to imagine what the lives of their ancestors may have been like in the 1800’s. Students will consider what role their ancestors may have played in the Underground Railroad effort and will organize their thoughts in an expressive free-verse poem.

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