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Schooled to lead

More than 200 children ages 5 to 16 recently participated in a project to paint a mural at the Martin Luther King Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center (MACC).

These youngsters, who were part of the Freedom School summer programs held throughout Los Angeles County in conjunction with the Children’s Defense Fund, helped paint the 900-foot-long canvas as part of the ongoing construction surrounding the 2013 reopening of the Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital.

The painting project was sponsored in part by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and the freedom schools taught the young people literature, leadership and empowerment.