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Reading Film Office Celebrates Juneteenth

by Reading Film Office

The NAACP and the Reading Film Office are proud to announce a week-long celebration for Juneteenth, from June 17 through June 21, focusing on the importance of reading literacy.

From June 17 through June 19, the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts will host screenings of the documentary film The Right to Read, executive-produced by LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow, Roots) and directed by Jenny Mackenzie (Quiet Heroes). Screenings will begin at 9:30 a.m. each day.

On Juneteenth – Wednesday, June 19 – there will be a special event from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring a free continental breakfast, with the screening of the film, followed by a panel discussion with community leaders and reading advocates. Panelists include Ryan A. Breisch, Kim Clarke, Kevin Collins, Cheryl Davis, Tamara Smith, Stephanie Towles, and Andrea White, with NAACP and Reading Film Office Board Member Wynton Butler serving as moderator. This special event will also feature a book fair showcasing local black authors, including Tonay Henry, Jamillha Kenya, Ashley Giddens, and Sharice Towels, as well as a book giveaway.

Additionally, The Right to Read will be screened at the Reading Public Museum on June 20 and June 21 at 4 p.m. each day.

Executive Director of the Reading Film Office, Cammie Harris, emphasized the significance of this event, “This week-long celebration is not only a tribute to the historical importance of Juneteenth but also an opportunity to reinforce the foundational role that literacy plays in the lives of our youth.”

Wynton Butler added, “The event looks to shine a light on the importance of reading literacy for our community’s youth. We believe that by fostering a love for reading, we can unlock endless possibilities and create a brighter future for all children in our community.”

Everyone is invited. Please join us for this enriching and educational celebration as we come together to honor Juneteenth and champion the cause of reading literacy. You must register to attend, as seating is limited. Link to register: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/ev/reg/tqvavtm.

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