From "Activists are trying to open a DC bookstore in honor of a slain journalist," Washington Post 7/14/17: [Charnice] Milton’s parents said the bookstore’s social justice component would make it an ideal tribute to their daughter. Milton’s mother, Francine Milton, recalled her daughter reading 99 books in a single summer while in elementary school. She … Continue reading “She Was a Conqueror”
Support renovations and initial costs for the Charnice Milton Community Bookstore. Through the DC-based nonprofit, Social Art And Culture (SAAC), all donations are tax-deductible. Thank you for supporting this important community project. Look for an important announcement about CMCB in May. Donate books you love every Wednesday 5-8pm at 1918 MLK Ave SE WDC 20020 … Continue reading Tax Deductible Donations
"Children who live in poverty have fewer books in their home, sometimes none. Fewer books in their neighborhood, fewer bookstores. They go to schools with inferior classroom libraries, school libraries, etc. You can have the best teaching in the world, and it's not going to help when children are hungry, undernourished, ill, and have nothing … Continue reading Nothing to Read on Their Own
Some of those joining together for community bookstore launch event: Courtney Davis (L), teacher and author of A is for Anacostia; Thomas Byrd, Education Town Hall Radio Host; fellow Ballou SHS alum, musician Sugar Bear; We Act Radio co-founder, Kymone Freeman. Front right: radio host LJM, who organized much of the event.
Here, for those interested, is the full Family and Community Engagement (FACE) 2013 Compendium of Research (Compendium PDF), including the "Access to Books" section shared in "Picture Books and Their Consequences."
"The average child growing up in a middle-class family has been exposed to 1,000 to 1,700 hours of one-on-one picture book reading. The average child growing up in a less economically stable family, in contrast, has only been exposed to 25 hours of one-on-one reading." (J. McQuillan, The literacy crisis: False claims, real solutions. Portsmouth, … Continue reading Picture Books and Their Consequences
Proceeds from #EverythingDC DC Culture Cookout benefit the Charnice Milton Community Bookstore and Check It Enterprises. July 22, 1 - 9 p.m. $10 donations. The event will be held in the "secret garden" behind We Act Radio and Check It Enterprises, 1918 and 1920 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE. Performances include Sugar Bear, featuring … Continue reading DC Culture Cookout July 22