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Erin Gruwell signs a copy of “The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them.” (Photo courtesy of FreedomWritersFoundation.org)

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The teacher who inspired her students at Wilson High School in Long Beach, California, to become the Freedom Writers didn’t grow up with the dream of being a teacher.

When Erin Gruwell left for college she was intent on becoming a lawyer, but two events had a profound impact on the way she saw the world.

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