Nogales students brought hope to the West Covina and La Puente communities.

"When we talk about hope, we are talking about present hope, historical hope and what that can lead to," said Nogales High School Assistant Principal Doi Johnson.

In honor of Black History Month, the high school held its fifth annual Black History Celebration, "A Call to Action Starting With Me," to promote awareness for equality.

Three young student poets took the stage alongside professional lyricists and recited poems they had written for the occasion.

The free event on Feb. 24 in the high school's "Little Theatre" at 401 S. Nogales St. was the culmination of a month-long celebration of African-American history.

"All schools have a responsibility to celebrate each and every culture," Johnson said. "I definitely mean `appreciate' as opposed to `tolerate."'

The young poets are part of the Nogales High School Poetry Club, which is more like a close-knit group of 35 friends than anything else. Anything is the subject of conversation at their Tuesdays meetings, as long as it's in verse.

Adviser Cory Cofer helped coordinate the event.

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