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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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.



Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinteresttumblrmail “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.




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.

Read more at NY Daily News.


Polite On Society: “Literacy Across Harlem Event Scheduled for This Saturday”

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EXCERPT: Total Equity Now and the Harlem Book Fair are co-sponsoring the “Literacy Across Harlem March, Book Donation, and Community Celebration” on Saturday, July 21st at 10:30 a.m. The goal of this event is four-fold: to get people excited about reading and writing, to collect books for the Harlem YMCA’s Literacy Zone learners, to unite Harlemites from east to west for a good cause, and to celebrate Harlem’s literary legacy.

Read more at Polite On Society.