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    Posted August 28, 2014 by
    Pasadena, California
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    Local Artist walks 33 miles to empower people.

    Michael Taylor, a former foster kid and aspiring artist from Pasadena, Ca recently walked 33 miles from the mountains in Altadena, Ca to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Ca. The purpose of this walk was to encourage people to recognize the power they have within themselves, and to use that power for the betterment of themselves, their community, and the world at large. Because Michael Taylor has a passion for advocacy, he wanted to use this walk to share his ambition with his peers. Once Michael reached Long Beach, Ca, he realized that he was in the exact same neighborhood he lived in as a foster child in 2001, when he was only 11 years-old. He took the opportunity to detour a quarter mile from the route to stand in front of Lindbergh Middle School and talk about his time attending that school. Michael also walked for refugees in all of Africa who've had to travel many miles for the basic things we tend to take for granted here in America like food, water, & shelter. The motive behind this walk is Michael Brown in Ferguson, MI. Because a young man used his power to do wrong and ended up losing his life. Michael felt that there was something he must do. But what? He chose to walk 33 miles to encourage positivity and allow people to see that young people are making the conscious effort to use their power for positive things. This walk was in hopes of inspiring people of all ages to do good things with their power.
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