Five local college students took to the stage at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute on Tuesday evening to share their inspiring stories about overcoming obstacles to pursue higher education.
Dozens of community members attended the program, which was organized by Education Lab and the Road Map Project and emceed by local poet and filmmaker Rose McAleese. Between storytellers, the audience took part in several text-based polls about the college experience and their personal aspirations.
College access experts were also available after the program to answer questions and offer guidance.
Photos from the evening are posted below. Come back to the Education Lab blog later today for videos of the speakers telling their stories. (UPDATE: Videos of each story are available here.)