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

NY Amsterdam News

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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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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