In July, 14 African-American young people from Baltimore traveled to Havana, Cuba to study dance, Spanish and history. The trip was coordinated by Muse 360 and The African Diaspora Alliance. According to a study by the Institute of International Education, only five percent of study abroad students are African-American at the college level, for high school students the numbers are even lower.
To prepare for the two-week excursion students took classes and workshops to facilitate conversations about complex issues like systemic racism, health disparities, and manifestations of self-hate within communities of color. The program is designed to expose students to the world outside of Baltimore City while connecting them with the larger African Diaspora.
Sharayna Christmas is a dancer, writer and founder of Muse 360. Shakura Shird is a recent graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and Jody Mays Jr. studies media at Baltimore City Community College. They join Tom in-studio to discuss planning and preparing for their trip to Cuba. Shakura and Jody also talk about what they hope to share with Cuban youth and what they hope to learn. On Sept 10. Muse 360 will hold an open house and registration for the Rayn Fall Dance Studio program. The event starts at 9:30am.
This conversation originally aired on June 17, 2016.