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Speakers encourage more than 500 students to equip themselves with the tools to pursue their dreams.
The Fox Valley Park District's Prisco Community Center in Aurora was buzzing with anticipation Wednesday afternoon as more than 500 middle school students gathered for the district's annual Black History Month rally. The students waited in their chairs, talking, laughing and joking, while images of successful people flashed across a screen. Musical guests The MyTime Band gave a performance greeted by thundering cheers from the audience, and when youth advocate Clayton Muhammad, spokesman for the East Aurora School District, stepped onto the stage, the students listened with rapt attention. Muhammad is well known in the Aurora community for overcoming great obstacles: he's the son of a single mother and was raised in a public housing …