“The Right to Read” Screening & Q&A

Mar 7, 2023

1:30pm – 2:55pm CT

When a child can’t read, their chances of incarceration, depression, and homelessness increase. That's why Oakland-based NAACP activist Kareem Weaver is fighting for better reading instruction. He believes literacy is one of the greatest civil rights issues of our time.
“What good is winning the right to vote if we can’t even read the ballot?” Fed up with the bleak reading scores in his own community, Kareem files a petition with the NAACP demanding change in the early reading instruction.

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photo of Kymyona Burk
Kymyona Burk


photo of Emily Hanford
Emily Hanford

American Public Media Group

photo of Jenny Mackenzie
Jenny Mackenzie

The Right to Read Film

photo of Kareem Weaver
Focus Area:
Open Captioned