Six young refugees from the political turmoil in Ethiopia will begin a tour today of area high schools to share their experiences.
The students are staying with local Jewish American families as part of a program founded in 1992 by the Anti-Defamation League to promote harmony between blacks and Jews, said Marjorie B. Green, director of education for the league. The youngsters have been staying in Israel since fleeing their homeland.
Today and Thursday, the students will visit Susan Miller Dorsey High School, Alexander Hamilton High School and Los Angeles High School, all in Los Angeles.
On Monday and Tuesday, the students will visit Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley, Kennedy High School in Granada Hills and San Fernando High School in Pacoima.
The students will meet Mayor Richard Riordan on Friday. They also will tour Universal Studios, Disneyland and Warner Bros. Studios. Students from the participating schools will be invited to Israel for a visit sometime in the fall, Green said.