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A poem to build bridges and create unity

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Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite
African Leadership Group head Papa Dia opens his “Breaking Barriers Building Bridges” event to create a “Unity Poem” at the Mountain View United Church in Aurora. July 1, 2023.

“I am The Bridge: A Poem By All Of Us,” is a work four years in the making. It was conceived by Papa Dia, a Coloradan from Senegal. He wants to connect people from different backgrounds-- Black, Jewish, Hispanic, European, Native American and Asian. They each contributed lines to the poem. They'll perform the poem Saturday, August 26, 2023 at the Denver Botanic Gardens as part of a fundraising event called "Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges."