2nd Annual Literacy Across Harlem March is this Saturday #RockThoseReads
We encourage you to participate in a great community event this Saturday, October 5th. Total Equity Now has announced the 2nd Annual Literacy Across Harlem March, book drive and community celebration to promote reading and writing throughout Harlem. You might be aware of #RockThoseReads, which has been a great initiative to get the word out and remind people to carry reading materials “publicly, conspicuously, and proudly” wherever you go during the first day of every month. Saturday’s march will be a great opportunity to join with others and do the same, and donate a book or two to someone in need. See you there!
Literacy Across Harlem March – Saturday OCTOBER 5TH SCHEDULE
1:30PM-2:00PM – Rally with your family, friends, and neighbors at one of our two Literacy Across Harlem community-bookstore partners: 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).
Bring two books: your favorite book of all time and a new or gently used book to donate to a Harlem child, teen, or adult living in a homeless shelter (or other transitional living facility) or studying in an adult and family literacy center. (If you can’t stand to part with one of the books on your shelf, consider buying one when you arrive at the bookstore!)
2:00PM-3:00PM – Walk (along designated sidewalk routes) to the Richard Rodgers Ampitheater (122nd & Mount Morris Park West) in Marcus Garvey Park.
3:00PM-4:00PM – When you arrive at the ampitheater, place your gently used reading gift on the stage–collectively building a small mountain of donated books–and enjoy a brief, interactive program!
ORGANIZE A TEAM
Several school-, college-, fraternity/sorority-, and community-based organizations have already signed on to participate in the march. If your organization would like to demonstrate both your passion for reading and your team pride, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with your organizational affiliation, number of group members, and which of the two bookstores will serve as your starting point.
STAY IN THE LOOP + HELP SPREAD THE GOOD WORD
Follow us (and share march-related announcements) on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. On behalf of Team TEN and the Harlemites who will receive books collected through this effort, thank you for using your social-media power to help spread the word!
NEW MARCH, NEW POSTER!
The poster for the 2nd Annual Literacy Across Harlem March depicts our community as a series of puzzle pieces featuring Harlemites coming together around a shared love of reading, with the sun joining in on the fun! The beautiful artwork was produced in collaboration with a super-talented team of local artists: Charnae Betton (City College of New York junior and TEN’s chief artistic collaborator for last year’s poster), Ebony S. Junior (educator and entrepreneur), and Michael Montero (11th grader at Frederick Douglass Academy II Secondary School). Add these three to your “ones to watch” list!