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A celebration of women and girls celebrating black culture in Columbus

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In 2010, Elaine Richardson started an after-school club at a middle school on the East Side of Columbus.

A professor of literacy studies at Ohio State University, the focus of the program is on black girls, singing along to Beyoncé songs, creating different types of art, and examining representations of women and girls in popular culture. and various other activities.

“The girls, they were sixth graders, seventh graders, eighth graders, and they really got into it.” I gave them creative ways in which they could express and learn.”

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But five years later, the East Side resident is ready to expand his horizons to a wider audience. According to its website, it led to the creation of the Education Foundation For Freedom, an arts nonprofit that helps girls and women in disadvantaged areas of Columbus.