ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Some Allentown high school students of color are helping their peers to not only learn about their history but to share it.

They're also taking their message to younger students.

Students learned about black history at Central Elementary School in Allentown from the William Allen Black Student Union.

"We want to educate others about the problems that go on in the community and about her history to and we want to express black excellence," said Disley Mendez, the student union's president.

Allen's Black Student Union is the first in the Lehigh Valley. It was started because students of color felt there wasn't a club or a conversation dealing with the issues they face everyday.

As part of Black History Month the club is taking that conversation to other schools, sharing stories about black leaders written by black authors.

While the group is predominantly black, color is not a qualification for membership.

The union says you just have to believe in the group's mission to educate others.

"I feel like what they're doing is a really good thing," said student union member Evan Wilt.

A good thing that will take them to Washington in April to learn more about black history in our nation's capital. The union has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay the expenses for the DC trip, but says it hopes to make more free trips to schools like Central in the future.

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