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Colchester County students marching, singing and dancing against racism

Truro area students Emilia Fitzgerald and Ava Hennessey practice their interpretative dance for the Rally against Racism May 23.
Truro area students Emilia Fitzgerald and Ava Hennessey practice their interpretative dance for the Rally against Racism May 23.

TRURO – About 3,000 students will march through the streets of Truro Thursday morning for a celebration of cultural diversity. Their destination: the Victoria Park band shell for the annual Rally Against Racism gathering.

“It highlights different cultures in our schools, it gives those kids an opportunity to celebrate their different cultures, and we talk about definitions of stereotypes and prejudices,” Cheryl Higgins, a teacher representative from Cobequid Educational Centre, said of the event.

Park performances will include traditional Mi’kmaq and African dances, songs, interpretative dance and pledges. Students will be reading pledges against racism in English, Mi’kmaq, and French.

Joanne Toole, a member of the planning committee, said students discuss racism, equity, respect and acceptance of the things that make us different weeks prior to the event. Students learn about these concepts via a pledge against racism. 

Students lace learning into their performances during the rally.

“It’s a student-led, student-focused event. There’s two student emcees from CEC, and every performance is by students,” said Toole.

The march starts at 9:30 a.m., as the entire student body of CEC, accompanied by students from Onslow, will walk up Lorne Street to Prince Street. With signs and posters in hand, the rally will turn onto Young Street. Students from Truro junior will join the march at the Truro fire hall.

At the legion, on Brunswick Street, students from Truro elementary, Harmony Heights and Tatamagouche will join, and the rally will continue up Park Street to the band shell.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

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