“Sheenway Sankofa,” a newly created mural by artist Charles Freeman, was unveiled last Saturday at Sheen Educational Center at Heritage College-Ready Academy High School at 10101 S. Broadway St. in Los Angeles.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters played host during the event, which also featured Zadonu, the West African Cultural Drum and Dance Ensemble, a “Juneteenth” dedication, youthful singers, a special appearance by Jennifer Lee Pryor (representing mural honoree Richard Pryor), jazz violinist Lili Haydn, and more.

According to school director, Dolores Sheen, the mural serves as a visual reminder that the “impossible is possible” and pays tribute to a new kind of education in the inner city that began in 1971, when Sheenway School opened its doors to the community. The celebration also launched a fundraising campaign to build the Sheenway Youth Enrichment Center which will offer free after-school and weekend sessions in gymnastics, performing arts, cricket (sports) and academic tutoring.