Every afternoon, in a big, sunny corner room at Mastery Charter School’s Shoemaker Campus, sixteen students busily paint away in bright strokes of green, brown and purple. Standing around large, five-foot-square pieces of parachute cloth, they steadily color in sections of a mural.
Herman Wrice transformed Philadelphia through his enduring commitment to social activism and belief in the transformative power of a strong community. A native of West Philadelphia, Wrice experienced firsthand the gang violence and drug culture that infiltrated the lives of many youths in the neighborhood. Through the creation of an organization to inspire entrepreneurs and future leaders in underserved neighborhoods, and his work as a sports league organizer for teens in Mantua, he mounted his strong movement against neighborhood crime.