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Erin Gruwell visit inspires APSU 1000 students, and the community

 

Erin Gruwell didn’t know what she was in for in the Fall of 1994 when she was assigned to room 203 at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach California. It was to be her first teaching experience, with group at-risk students that the school’s administration considered to be unteachable.

The class was diverse, and consisted of a mix African-American, Latino, Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Caucasian students, many of whom had grown up in some of the roughest neighborhoods in the community. Many were gang members, and all of them were victims of racial intolerance, and social inequity.

Erin Gruwell tells the crowd the story of the Freedom Writers

Erin Gruwell tells the crowd the story of the Freedom Writers

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