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Missions celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, volunteers from the U.S. Mission in Cote d'Ivoire engaged in a volunteer community service project, and the U.S. ambassador to Liberia went to Monrovia's Mamba Point neighborhood to read children's books with civil rights themes to more than 50 children, ages 3 to 12.

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Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield read three stories, and the children said they most liked The Story of Ruby Bridges, the adventures of a six-year-old girl who in 1960 was escorted by U.S. marshals to attend an all-white school in New Orleans. The Liberian children said they admired Ruby's courage.

The U.S. Embassy in Monrovia each month invites staff to read to children living in the neighborhood of its compound, aiming to promote reading and give Americans and Liberian children a chance to get to know one another. The children arrive promptly at 6 p.m. for their reading hour, or sometimes for a children's movie, and many know embassy staff members by their first names.

Meanwhile in Cote d'Ivoire, more than 50 volunteers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Agency for International Development on Jan. 18 painted the exterior of an outpatient services building on the campus of Centre Hospitalier Universitaire. The building adjoins a laboratory of the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

Ivoirian and American staffers donated all of the paint and labor involved. The volunteers included Ambassador Wanda Nesbitt, Deputy Chief of Mission Julia Stanley, USAID Director Felix Awantang and CDC Directors Dr. Anna Likos and James Ham. The volunteers were thanked by the director of the hospital, which can care for 600 patients.
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Publication:State Magazine
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Geographic Code:6LIBE
Date:Apr 1, 2010
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