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Relations Strained Between Blacks, Latinos in Durham

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African Americans and Latinos work together in BAHA
DURHAM — For months, relations between blacks andLatinos in Durham have been strained. Many groups are trying to puttogether better cultural understanding and appreciation.

Every Wednesday and Friday, the Eastway Elementary group meets atschool to help each other cross their cultural borders. The group iscalled BAHA-- Blacks and Hispanics are Alike.

Rossana Perez says both communities has problems communicating, and therehas been violence associated with both groups. The Eastway groupemphasizes education and a better future for the children of both blackand Hispanic families.

What they do is communicate in each other's language. Parentsvolunteer their time. Latinos teach Spanish and blacks teach English.Eastway PTA president Charmel Taborn says she saw so much violence in herown neighborhood, she felt that she personally had to do something aboutit.

The class designed to help people understand each other, which is BAHA'saim. The group wants to prove that blacks and Latinos are more alike thandifferent.

BAHA has been meeting since July. If you'd like to learn more about theBAHA project call Eastway Elementary school at(919)-560-3910.


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