Northeast D.C. Nonprofit Reopens Following Vandalism
August 20, 2009
Life Pieces to Masterpieces is a non-profit that uses art to reach African American boys. 23-year-old Maurice Kie is program coordinator. He says the organization helped make him who he is today.
On Monday, when the staff arrived at work, they discovered that vandals had trashed the arts center's headquarters. They'd smashed windows, poured paint on the floors and left angry messages such as "Lynchmob" and "I will kill you" on the walls. Kie says he was angry at first, but not now.
The staff says the vandals caused some $10,000 in damages. It took two days to clean up, but activities at the arts center have resumed. Now the sun shines on a group of little boys practicing a play about the life cycle of seeds.
This weekend, D.C. celebrated the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Kojo chats with the civil rights leader and longtime city council member who chaired the D.C. host committee.
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