NY Amsterdam News: “Literacy Across Harlem Holiday Book Drive opens for the season”

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EXCERPT: “Some say it takes a village; we say it takes a Harlem!” said Joe Rogers Jr., the founder and facilitator of Total Equity Now. The second annual Literacy Across Harlem Holiday Book Drive is here. All 11 decorated book-donation boxes have been delivered to the sites participating in this year’s holiday book drive. Over the next three weeks, Harlemites are being asked to fill them with hundreds of “new and like-new reading gifts,” said Rogers.

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The Cross-Examiner: “A March to Enhance Literacy in Harlem”

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EXCERPT: Tony Edwards, 51, of Harlem, came to the march with “Down These Mean Streets,” a Piri Thomas book that recounts the adolescence of a Puerto Rican boy growing up in Spanish Harlem. Edwards said he brought this book because he thought readers would be able to relate to its story. “I grew up in different parts of Harlem and I saw what happens when you are not educated; you end up trapped in the streets,” Edwards said.

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DNAinfo: “Harlem Mentoring Fair Looking for Committed Adults”

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EXCERPT: Rochelle Hill and Joe Rogers Jr. are looking for a few good mentors. In an effort to connect young people who need to be mentored with adults willing to provide guidance, Hill’s and Rogers’ respective organizations, Harlem CARES Mentoring Movement and Total Equity Now, are sponsoring the inaugural Harlem Mentoring Fair Aug. 13 at the Minisink Townhouse. “There are thousands of young people who need support and guidance. In Harlem, there are thousands of adults who should step up and play that role,” said Rogers, founder of Total Equity Now, which focuses on equity in education.

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NY Amsterdam News: “Harlem church screens films to bridge gap between gentrification and education”

EXCERPT: “We don’t just watch a film and then talk at people for an hour and a half or so,” Rogers said. “We show the film as a launching point for a democratic, small-group community center dialogue.” To encourage this dialogue, Rogers pulled the attendees, who varied in age and race, into different groups after watching “El Barrio Tours: Gentrification in East Harlem” by Andrew Padilla and “Changing Face of Harlem” by Shawn Batey.

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New York Daily News: Total Equity Now ‘Literacy Across Harlem’ book drive aims to spread word(s) to children in time for holidays

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EXCERPT: The love of literature that fueled the Harlem Renaissance and inspired great works of art in the 1920s and ’30s is alive and well and being recaptured as the first Literacy Across Harlem Holiday book drive gets under way. Customers in cafes, bakeries and bookstores, and visitors to three uptown community boards are being urged to donate new and “like-new” books that will be distributed as Christmas gifts to the neighborhood’s neediest kids and families.

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DNAinfo.com: “Harlem Group Wants to Boost the Popularity of Reading”

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EXCERPT: “If we have a built-in day every single month when we and our neighbors are thinking about literacy, it’s a simple but symbolically powerful step that could build a critical mass,” said Rogers. The idea is that by seeing members of the community with books it will influence young people and adults about the importance of reading as well as normalize it as something that should be a part of everyone’s life.

 

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Examiner.com: “Harlem Wants a Literacy Across Harlem Day Every Month”

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EXCERPT: Total Equity Now (TEN) is so serious about rebuilding Harlem’s culture of literacy that it has declared the first day of every month as Literacy Across Harlem Day, starting Sep. 1, 2012. This latest initiative springs from the success of TEN’s inaugural Literacy Across Harlem March this past July. During the march, participants donated new and gently used books to support and celebrate literacy.

 

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Daily News: First-ever ‘Literacy Across Harlem’ March Brings New Message to 14th Annual Harlem Book Fair”

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EXCERPT: Dozens of uptown residents held their favorite books high on Saturday as they marched from points in East, Central and West Harlem and met at 135th St. and Lenox Ave., where they placed donated books on the main stage of the annual Harlem Book Fair. It was the 14th installment of the event, but the march was a first.

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