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African American Leaders In Dayton Head Back To School

Bing Davis and Margaret Peters
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Bing Davis and Margaret Peters

Friday, in hundreds of schools across the nation, prominent African Americans will go back to schools in their local communities to talk to students about their experiences. It’s part of the 6th Annual Back to School With The HistoryMakers program.

Dayton Artist Willis “Bing” Davis has spent a great deal of his life educating children and young adults about the importance of the arts and Friday he’ll talk to Belmont High School students about this year’s HistoryMakers theme: Commitment

"Oh, it’s vital. It’s Vital," He says. "I know that direct contact with people who are trying to do something with positive with their life and time makes a big difference in the lives of young people as their struggling to identify who they are and what they’re going to do with the talents that they have.”

High school teacher, author and historian Margaret Peters has one numerous awards for her accomplishments in education. She’ll be speaking to students at the Dayton Boys Preparatory Academy.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is chairing this year’s nationwide event where  more than 400 black leaders in 67 cities and 32 states will talk to more than 25,000 students in 200 schools.