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Area students are invited to meet Black innovators Tuesday, April 16

The ‘Unleash Your Super Powers’ youth innovation night features modern day heroes, Latimer Fellows

The Lee County Black History Society, in partnership with the Edison Awards and The Lewis Latimer Fellowship Program, is offering “Youth Innovation Night: Unleash Your Super Powers” to ignite creativity and empower students to embrace their inner superheroes. The free event for youth ages 10 to 21 is planned Tuesday, April 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Williams Academy Black History Museum, 1936 Henderson Ave., Fort Myers.

The event features the Latimer Fellows, including Shameik Moore, actor, musician, and the voice of Miles Morales in the “Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse” series; Dr. Sian Proctor, astronaut and artist, and other exceptional Latimer Fellows.

In addition to interactive exhibits and a meet and greet with professionals, the event will feature youth-friendly vendors, museum tours and food trucks. DJ Todd Thomas will keep the atmosphere lively with his beats. Participants will be entered into a special drawing for prizes.

“We’re thrilled to host an evening of innovation, inspiration, and superhero fun,” said Executive Director of the Lee County Black History Society Autumn Watkins Holloway. “Students are encouraged to come dressed in their superhero T-shirts and embark on a journey to discover their unique superpowers and unleash their creativity.”

The Lewis Latimer Fellowship Program is a national program dedicated to providing special access and mentorship to a select group of exceptional Black and Brown innovators through the Edison Awards, which are dedicated to honoring and fostering innovations and inventions.

It honors one of Thomas Edison’s principal collaborators, Lewis Latimer, who helped Edison refine his vision of the lightbulb. The program pairs modern-day Latimers with modern-day Edisons to guide their entrepreneurial and innovation journeys.

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