Join us this Black Music Month with special guest Bakari Kitwana and let's talk about 'Leveraging MC Dreams Towards Literacy'.
Black culture encapsulates a colorful oral tradition that can be seen in the West African tradition of the Griot, the Black Arts Movement, to today's Hip Hop Generation, as recently seen in Kendrick's Mr. Morale & the Big Stepper.
We have continually seen the 'Us vs. Them' Hip Hop history debates. How can we better create The Bridge to work collectively to create intergenerational ties to Black oral and written stories and literary traditions to build strong young black male communicators of The Message?
Bring your thoughts, opinions, pedagogy, scholarship, and questions as we discuss our music and literary history to build our young Black Brotha's voices.
Monday, June 27th, 7-8pm EST on the We Are Here Lit! Facebook & YouTube Live pages.
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How can we think about working collectively to change the “State of Illiteracy”?
Join us as we talk to Jonathan Beatty, author of the recent Newsweek opinion piece The Challenge of Defeating Illiteracy in America and Founder of I Love Books. We’ll discuss how we can end illiteracy through cross-sector collaboration, collective problem solving, and strategic resource allocation.
Thursday, November 4th, 7:30-8:30 on Zoom
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Jonathan Beatty, better known as the “Chief Bookman,” is the founder of I LOVE BOOKS (ILB), an apparel startup on a mission to end illiteracy, #bookbybook. The company sells bookish merch, and donates half of its profits to provide new books to children who need them most. Since April, ILB has donated nearly 1,000 new books to kids in Kentucky through partnerships with local schools and nonprofits.
Before launching ILB, Jonathan spent over a decade working in corporate finance for some of the largest companies in the world, including Procter & Gamble, McKesson, and Amazon. He left his career to ensure all young people have access to books and the opportunity to become lifelong learners.
WE ARE HERE will provide you book reviews, discussions, news, and programming about literature and literacy by and about Black males. This site will also feature vlog conversations on topics related to the promoting literacy and voice for Black boys and young men.