Unite with your neighbors from East, Central, and West Harlem for a fun, educational, a community celebration of reading and writing!
Community members participating in Total Equity Now’s 7th Annual Literacy Across Harlem March–from babies in strollers to strolling senior citizens–will gather at their choice of two legendary community-based institutions, El Museo del Barrio or Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center; learn about important reading-related landmarks while engaging neighbors along a designated route to Marcus Garvey Park, in the heart of Harlem; and participate in an interactive, intergenerational celebration of Harlem’s identity as a world-renowned hub of reading and writing!
This event is free, but advance registration is required.
#RockThoseReads (carry reading materials proudly and publicly) by bringing a favorite book, and a new or like-new children’s book to donate to a homeless shelter in Harlem!
12:30 p.m. – RALLY FOR READING! Choose a starting point: El Museo del Barrio (1230 5th Ave. between 104th & 105th) or Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center (1942 Amsterdam Avenue at 156th).
Led by guides on a 1.5-hour stroll past important reading-related landmarks, get to know your community from an exciting new perspective. Hand out lists of books about Harlem to your neighbors along the way!
3:00 p.m. – ARRIVE AND BUILD COMMUNITY for an hour at Marcus Garvey Park’s Richard Rodgers Amphitheater (Mount Morris Park West at West 122nd Street), in the heart of Harlem, in fun, interactive reading activities with neighbors of all ages!
Total Equity Now dedicates each Literacy Across Harlem March to the memory of two phenomenal reading-related leaders in our community’s history, Walter Dean Myers and Pura Belpré.
Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014), the legendary children’s book author who grew up in Harlem, wanted to make sure that young people of color had opportunities to see themselves, their families, their communities, and their cultural and ethnic backgrounds reflected in literature.
Pura Belpré (1899-1982), trailblazing author, incomparable storyteller, and the New York Public Library’s first Latina librarian, worked tirelessly and creatively to ensure that the shelves and programming of Harlem’s library branches included and celebrated the rich tales and traditions of people of color.
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 3 PM – 4 PM EDT