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COEUR D’ALENE – North Idaho College has its first Black Student Association.

As part of Black History Month, the 10-member group is holding its first event Thursday with a free concert at the Human Rights Education Institute.

The event is co-sponsored by the college’s Diversity Events Committee. Performers include The Friends of Sironka African Dance Troupe, young Maasai from Kenya and northern Tanzania who seek to educate through music and dance.

“We’re trying to bring more of the African-American culture to Coeur d’Alene,” said student Lateef Williams, the association’s president. “It also helps us learn about our own ancestors.”

A brief history of Maasai culture is planned before the performance and traditional hand-beaded jewelry will be offered for sale afterward.