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MOMENTUM Series: Racially Relevant Literacy


4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Online via Zoom

MOMENTUM Series: Racially Relevant Literacy

Julius B. Anthony, Founder and President, St. Louis Black Authors of Children's Literature, The Believe Project, is the guest speaker for this Social Sciences and Humanities MOMENTUM series event.

In metropolitan St. Louis, more than 70% of Black third-graders annually fail the state-mandated assessment in reading. We know that third-grade reading success is the educational marker that determines a child’s progress in school and in life. We also know that less than 3% of all children’s picture books published by major publishing houses in 2019 were authored by African Americans . Conclusively, “The Believe Project: Racially Relevant Literacy” is a declaration of our belief that Black children’s literature is a definitive strategy for ensuring that Black children become confident and competent readers by the end of third grade. Ultimately, The Believe Project is our solution to all children having consistent access to culturally representative books in order for them to become successful readers. Join us on this session to learn more and engage in the conversation.

This event is open to all faculty, students, staff and community members.

  • Zoom ID: 956 5337 5974
  • Password: 419770

The MOMENTUM series is a talk continuum and the SSH dean’s platform to engage the division in profound practice of mindfulness and actionable conversation – to bridge the equity gap, protect inclusivity, amplify social justice reform and intentionally address structural racism in our classrooms, college and the community.
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