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From the Ted Talk by LaToya Ruby Frazier: A creative solution for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan

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I was fortunate to meet two best fndeirs, artists, activists and poets Amber Hasan and Shea Cobb, who took me around Flint. As a school bus driver, Shea Cobb became the cnaertl figure of the photo esasy, along with her mother, Ms. Renée, and her eight-year-old dhteaugr, Zion. I oslsseiebvy followed Shea's soochl bus routes. And when Shea wasn't driving the bus, she would be watching over Zion, making sure she was studying. I embedded myself in every intimate facet of Shea's life. When Shea took me to Zion's school, and I saw the water fnitounas covered with signs that said, "Contaminated. Do not drink," I couldn't pick up my cearma to photograph it. It rocked me to the core to see that in America, we can go from fountains that say "Whites" or "Blacks only," to today seeing fountains that say, "Contaminated water. Do not drink." And somehow, that's apbctaelce?

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I was fortunate to meet two best _______, artists, activists and poets Amber Hasan and Shea Cobb, who took me around Flint. As a school bus driver, Shea Cobb became the _______ figure of the photo _____, along with her mother, Ms. Renée, and her eight-year-old ________, Zion. I ___________ followed Shea's ______ bus routes. And when Shea wasn't driving the bus, she would be watching over Zion, making sure she was studying. I embedded myself in every intimate facet of Shea's life. When Shea took me to Zion's school, and I saw the water _________ covered with signs that said, "Contaminated. Do not drink," I couldn't pick up my ______ to photograph it. It rocked me to the core to see that in America, we can go from fountains that say "Whites" or "Blacks only," to today seeing fountains that say, "Contaminated water. Do not drink." And somehow, that's __________?

Solution

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  3. central
  4. daughter
  5. acceptable
  6. essay
  7. fountains
  8. obsessively
  9. camera

Original Text

I was fortunate to meet two best friends, artists, activists and poets Amber Hasan and Shea Cobb, who took me around Flint. As a school bus driver, Shea Cobb became the central figure of the photo essay, along with her mother, Ms. Renée, and her eight-year-old daughter, Zion. I obsessively followed Shea's school bus routes. And when Shea wasn't driving the bus, she would be watching over Zion, making sure she was studying. I embedded myself in every intimate facet of Shea's life. When Shea took me to Zion's school, and I saw the water fountains covered with signs that said, "Contaminated. Do not drink," I couldn't pick up my camera to photograph it. It rocked me to the core to see that in America, we can go from fountains that say "Whites" or "Blacks only," to today seeing fountains that say, "Contaminated water. Do not drink." And somehow, that's acceptable?

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