New mural unveiled in Milwaukee's Bronzeville district created by elementary school students

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- SHARP Literacy, Inc. unveiled a public mural celebrating diversity in Milwaukee's historic Bronzeville district Wednesday, Sept. 30 on North Avenue between Vel R. Phillips and 5th.

The mural is called "Our True Colors" and is funded by Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Reasons for Hope Campaign, as well as Brewers Community Foundation and Ryan Braun.

As part of SHARP Literacy's Summer Learning/Art on the Move Program, the organization partnered with several Milwaukee-area schools and community learning centers to create a large-scale mural. 

Community Artist Vedale Hill led the project, which included the participation of about 50 elementary school students from NeuLife Gwen T. Jackson, NeuLife Brown Street Academy, Neighborhood House, and Messmer Saint Mary.

Students used math, ratios, and data science to paint mural pieces representing themselves. Officials say by creating characters painted with their skin tone and favorite colors, students embraced what makes each of them unique. 

Officials also say the mural hopes to inspire students to think about who they are as opposed to what they are. 

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