Total Equity Now invites you to unite with your East, Central, and West Harlem neighbors in celebrating and promoting reading and writing in our community!
4th Annual Literacy Across Harlem March, Book Drive & Community Celebration
Saturday, September 19, 2015
12:00p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Download the event flyer: click here.
12:00PM sharp — Rally for reading! Your choice: La Casa Azul Bookstore (143 E. 103rd St. between Park and Lexington) or Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center (1942 Amsterdam Ave. at 156th).
[Bring (1) a favorite book in order to #RockThoseReads–publicly display your reading pride–and (2) a new or like-new children’s book to donate to a Harlem shelter.
12:30PM — March! Led by knowledgeable guides past reading-related landmarks, stop by three amazing community businesses–Cafe One, Astor Row Café, and East Harlem Cafe–for delicious samples.
2:00PM — Arrive at Marcus Garvey Park’s Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, in the heart of Harlem, for an interactive, family-friendly celebration of reading and writing!
If your school, organization, local business, fraternity/sorority, or faith-based institution would like to participate as a team, please email email@example.com.
Tribute to Walter Dean Myers
Each year, Total Equity Now dedicates the Literacy Across Harlem March to the memory of Walter Dean Myers, the brilliant children’s book author who joined the ancestors last year.
Myers, who grew up in Harlem, wanted to make sure that young people of color saw themselves, their families, their communities, and their cultural and ethnic backgrounds reflected in literature. A few months before he passed away, Myers penned a powerful opinion piece in the NY Times, titled “Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?”
TEN is grateful for the powerful contributions of the many talented Harlem-bred and Harlem-based writers, past and present!
TEN is proud to once again team up with the amazing community-minded bookstores and cafe partners listed below, all of which are highlighted in this year’s flyer. Like reading and writing, supporting local businesses helps strengthen our community!
*La Casa Azul Bookstore (143 E. 103rd St. between Park and Lexington Aves.)
*East Harlem Cafe (1651 Lexington Ave. at 104th St.)
*Astor Row Cafe (404 Lenox Ave. at 130th St.)
*Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center (1942 Amsterdam Ave. at 156th St.)
*Cafe One (1619 Amsterdam Ave. at 140th St.)