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First Gen Challenges and Triumphs | Huffington Post

During my time as a first generation undergraduate student at the University of Southern California, I remember learning about how enslaved Africans in America used step to make music with their bodies to communicate secret messages and to celebrate defiantly when drums and other instruments were taken from them. In this same spirit of protest, the young women in STEP are defiant and rebellious – refusing to accept the status quo as they fight to win a major step competition, graduate from high school and become the first in their families to gain admission to college.

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