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Keitra Black-Warfield is a 15-year-old attending Erwin High School in her third year as a member of Word on the Street.
CREDIT MATT PEIKEN | BPR NEWS

It’s a Saturday afternoon at Asheville’s Arthur Edington Center, inside what was once an elementary school classroom converted into the well-lived-in home for the black and brown teens of Word on the Street.

Keitra Black-Warfield, a 15-year-old who attends Erwin High School, is among eight others at tables or on the floor, are painting, drawing and adding textiles destined for murals to hang from the walls here.

“It changed me for real,” Black-Warfield said of the program. “It taught me about your community, about your family, about your connections you build with people.”

Read the complete article at the Blue Ridge Public Radio website.

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