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Southern California Public Radio
July 2, 2012
Freedom Schools is part of a national program by the Children's Defense Fund that aims to boost literacy skills, knowledge of civil rights history and self-esteem. It's modeled after the Freedom Rides that took place during the Civil Rights movement, where college students went into the South and did a massive voter education program, in addition to a program that attempted to bridge the achievement gap in segregated schools. Community Coalition, a nonprofit that works to transform destructive social and economic conditions in South L.A., secured grant funding from the Children's Defense Fund for the second consecutive year to bring a Freedom Schools program to the southside.
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