Duluth Kids Celebrate African Cultural Contributions To Northland

By KBJR News 1

April 7, 2012 Updated Apr 7, 2012 at 3:31 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)
Duluth School District African American Cultural Specialist Jebeh Edmunds has a big job.
She's the only African culture specialist in the district and covers kindergarten through twelfth grade.
The continent of Africa also encompasses 54 nations and thousands of cultures.

"Africa is very diverse but we all have a commonality to say we come as individuals and we are very well respected." said Edmunds.

Over the last several weeks, Lester Park Elementary fourth graders have paid their respects while learning from Mrs. Edmunds.

"We've been doing powerpoints for a long time. Like ten weeks. No, three weeks." argued two fourth graders.

Three weeks or ten, the time flew by for the kids and this assembly in the gym was their final exam so to speak.
Universal lessons on morality came from Kenyan storyteller, Dr. Chang'aa Mweti.
Jebeh Edmunds, a native of Liberia, hopes the students remember those lessons for a lifetime.

"Just to dispel the myths about Africa and to say yes, I've met a woman who is a chief of her own tribe and look how far she has gotten to teach me in Duluth, Minnesota." said Edmunds.

In Duluth, Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center.

After the drum performance, the students were treated to Jamaican cuisine.