4th Annual Literacy Across Harlem March, Book Drive & Community Celebration —  Saturday, September 19, 2015 – 12PM-3PM

Once a year, Total Equity Now and our Literacy Across Harlem partners mobilize Harlemites to take to the streets and promote reading, build relationships with neighbors around a positive cause, and donate new and like-new books to Harlem children and families living in shelters.


How to Participate in the 3rd Annual Literacy Across Harlem March

It’s easy! First, prepare to #RockThoseReads (publicly display your identity as a reader) by selecting one of your favorite books of all time AND setting aside (or purchasing) a new or like-new children’s book to donate to a shelter in Harlem. Then, at . . .

12PM (sharp!) – Join your neighbors for a pre-march reading rally! Your choice: La Casa Azul Bookstore (143 E. 103rd Street between Park and Lexington Avenues) or Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center (1942 Amsterdam Avenue at 156th Street).

12:30PM – Ready, set, go! Guided by knowledgeable community ambassadors past historic reading-related landmarks, enjoy delicious samples from TEN’s Literacy Across Harlem Day partner cafes: Cafe One, Astor Row Cafe, and East Harlem Cafe!

2PM – Arrive at Marcus Garvey Park’s Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, in the heart of Harlem; place your donated book on the stage, helping to build a small mountain of reading gifts; and participate in an interactive, family-friendly community celebration of reading and writing!


How to Organize a Literacy Across Harlem March Team

If you are interested in organizing your Harlem-based school, student organization or athletic team, book club, civic association, faith-based institution, local business, or other community-based entity to participate as a team, email info@totalequitynowharlem.org. Be sure to include (1) your name and title/position, (2) the name of your organization/school/local business/etc., (3) your telephone number, and (4) an estimate of how many individuals will march with your team.

Groups owning matching t-shirts are encouraged to wear them that afternoon in order to show both team pride and an organizational commitment to reading and community empowerment!





Read an article about the 1st Annual Literacy Across Harlem March.

View the artwork for 2nd Annual Literacy Across Harlem March.

Read an article about the 2nd Annual Literacy Across Harlem March