Waving colorful scarves and wearing bright dashiki shirts, African American Choral Ensemble members opened their performance Wednesday at University Elementary School with a song called “Funga Alafia.” “It’s an African song that means ‘We come to greet you. We welcome you,’” Raymond Wise, the ensemble’s director, told the students.

The Legacy Wall is a traveling, interactive exhibit designed to raise awareness of the multiple contributions LGBTQ people have made to shared human history, to provide historically significant role models for LGBTQ youth, and to lessen the incidence of bullying in schools and communities by encouraging a culture of mutual respect.

When it was announced that the Dance Theatre of Harlem, a historic African American dance company founded by the legendary Arthur Mitchell, would tour three Indiana University campuses both Iris Rosa, the director of IU’s African American Dance Company, and James Wallace, director of IU Northwest’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, knew it would be a great opportunity for their students.

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