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Annual Waterloo Human Rights Conference

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The struggle for equal rights and a path to freedom.  That was the theme at the Cedar Valley Conference on Human Rights Thursday.

More than 150 high school students from five area schools gathered at Hawkeye Community College for the 11th annual event.

Organizers say it's a good chance to show how real people have overcome the challenges of racism and discrimination.

"The fact that we could bring young old people of all walks and areas of this community together to hear such a strong message says that we have great opportunities ahead of us," David Meeks with the Waterloo Human Rights Commission said.

"We want them to understand where we have come from as a people not just a black people but people in general and to understand that there is a oneness that we are one. God created only one universe of people," keynote speaker E.P. McKnight said.

McKnight gave a 90 minute presenatation.  It included a one-woman play she wrote called "I Question America: The Legacy of Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer.

Online Producer: Mike Verlo 

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