Kids spend Presidents Day at 'Freedom School' in Over-the-Rhine

Posted at 2:22 PM, Feb 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-20 14:22:30-05

CINCINNATI -- Many schoolchildren around the Tri-State had Presidents Day off Monday. But some spent the day at "Freedom School," where they learned different kinds of lessons.

Black Lives Matter Cincinnati and the Art Academy of Cincinnati organized the one-day Freedom School for local kids, kindergarten through grade 8, "to provide an empowering, enriching and educational space for our youth how to collectively discuss how to make change in our community," according to the program's organizers.

"This school is hopefully here to make kids realize that they can make change in their our neighborhoods, that they can stand up and impact their cities," said Ashley Harrington, a member of Black Lives Matter Cincinnati. "Hopefully they can be able to think about 'What do I not like in my community, what do I want to change?' and they can feel empowered to go out and change and do that."

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