Stephen Tauer talks as Erikka Ryan looks on during "Black Voices in the Valley." Shelley Tougas, a Hudson Area Public Library interim co-director, said people can expect more open, safe conversations like the one held July 14, 2020. Hudson Area Public Library Facebook live event

“Now I look back at it, that was kind of the beginning of my journey as a token Black person,” she said.

Stephen Tauer and Jordan Sprecher had similar experiences in elementary school. Tauer, along with his sister, were the only Black people in his school after moving to a small Minnesota town, and hairstyles are some of his earliest memories of race. Sprecher was in first grade when he was insulted by a classmate about his race, and…

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