With Abyssinian Development Corporation (ADC) as its sponsor, the Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change (TMA) was created in the 1990s as a New Visions Public School headed by a charismatic and dynamic Principal, Dr. Sandye Johnson. Named in honor of the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States, TMA originally shared space in an existing public school building, limiting its ability to offer a full-range of academic, recreational, and cultural options to its students. ADC asked ddm to assist in financing a new home for the school and to become project manager/developer.
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