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‘Trailblazers’ documentary to debut Thursday in Aurora

In new documentary 'Trailblazers' seven young Aurorans discuss culture influences struggles their plans for future. Pictured: Rodney Boyd Jomar MendozCandace

In the new documentary, "Trailblazers," seven young Aurorans discuss culture, influences, struggles and their plans for the future. Pictured: Rodney Boyd, Jomar Mendoza, Candace Moore, Jamario Taylor, Kimberly Harris, Carlise Smith, Kyle Welton | City of Aurora

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Updated: March 21, 2014 3:48PM

AURORA — In honor of Black History Month, a new documentary aims to highlight the history-making strides young Aurorans are making today.

“The Trailblazers — A Documentary About Seven Young African-Americans” will debut at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Copley Theatre at North Island Center, 8 E. Galena Blvd., in Aurora. The event is free and open to the public.

Aurora Director of Communications Clayton Muhammad said the 30-minute documentary tells the story of seven young African-American leaders who are blazing new trails in their respective fields and making history in the process.

“These seven reflect on what culture means and who is influential to them personally. Some talk about their own childhoods, struggles and what the future holds for them,” Muhammad said.

The documentary follows Ivy League graduates, Historically Black College and University students, attorneys and NCAA all-stars, Muhammad said.

The film focuses on the experiences and views of Rodney Boyd, Morehouse College; Kim Harris, Syracuse, University/Princeton University; Jomar Mendoza, Indiana University-Purdue University; Candace Moore, Loyola University/Loyola School of Law; Carlise Smith, College of DuPage; Jamario Taylor, Western Illinois University; Kyle Welton, College of DuPage.

The “Trailblazers” documentary follows “El Futuro!: A Documentary of Aurora’s Emerging Latino Leaders,” which debuted during Hispanic Heritage Month in September 2013. Both films were produced by Alex Perez, an intern with the city of Aurora and a Columbia College student.

The documentary is sponsored by the African-American Heritage Advisory Board and the City of Aurora.

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