Literacy Across Harlem March, Book Drive, And Community Celebration

Join the Literacy Across Harlem March, Book Drive, And Community Celebration and bring (1) a favorite book in order to #RockThoseReads (carry reading materials publicly to show your reading pride) and (2) a new or like-new children’s book to donate to a homeless shelter in Harlem.

Here’s the agenda:

1:00 p.m. (sharp) – Rally for reading! Your choice: Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center (1942 Amsterdam Avenue at 156th) or El Museo del Barrio (1230 5th Ave. between 104th & 105th).

1:30 p.m. – Begin! Led by guides past important reading-related landmarks, get to know our community from an exciting new perspective.

3:00 p.m. – Arrive at Marcus Garvey Park‘s Richard Rodgers Amphitheater (Mount Morris Park West at West 122nd Street), in the heart of Harlem, for an interactive, intergenerational celebration of reading and writing!
Celebrating Champions of Reading and Representation 
Total Equity Now dedicates the 6th Annual 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.
(Download a TEN-curated list of books about Harlem, including several by or about Myers and Belpré: click here.)
Organize a Team
If your Harlem-based education/youth-development program, book club, civic organization, fraternity/sorority, faith-based institution, business, or other entity would like to demonstrate its commitment to literacy and our community by participating as a team, please email

Help cover LAH March costs, including printing (flyers and posters), transportation (equipment, supplies, and donated books), and snacks. We need your support to make this event successful!

To donate, visit our Eventbrite page (, click “REGISTER,” and scroll down to “Donate to support this project.
Because it takes a Harlem, 

Via Total Equity Now

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