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Hip Hop Summit empowers kids and parents

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Students and parents are learning their rights and how to empower themselves in the crisis known as the school-to-prison pipeline.

It's all happening this weekend at the ACLU's fifth annual Mississippi Youth Hip Hop Summit at Millsaps College.

We caught up with some students Saturday afternoon participating in B-Boy and B-Girl dance after finishing up a day of workshops.

More than 400 students from across the state learned about organizing, using the student bill of rights and creating campaigns in their schools and communities.

Meanwhile their parents were participating in a conference.

Over 200 parents took part in various sessions from addressing city councils and school boards to sex education and positive behavior interventions.

"We're working with students from around the state who are being targeted by harsh zero tolerance policies. Our students are being criminalized for normal student behavior in a lot of cases and students and parents are concerned, and they're beginning to organize," said ACLU Program Director Nancy Kohsin-Kintigh.

The Mississippi Youth Hip Hop Summit returns to Jackson in January to meet with state legislators.

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