With the help of my good friend, and roommate, Zaréya Lewis, a recent Psychology and Criminal Justice graduate of Temple University and inner city child advocate, we have decided to start The Kitabu Club. The Kitabu Club will be a book club for Black children in North Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. The mission of The Kitabu Club is to inspire, support, and provide agency for young underserved Black youth. Our goal is to provide these children with books that are centered around Black children, educate them on the historical events each books conveys, and contextualize each book in the children's own lives.
Zaréya and I plan to hold weekly sessions over the course of 10 weeks starting in June, providing each child with their own copy of each book we read throughout the summer. We hope that each child that joins Kitabu leaves us at the end of the summer with a better understanding of the world that they live in than they had before joining The Kitabu Club.
Our goal is to raise $3000 for The Kitabu Club. This money will go directly to buying books, journals, bags, and paying for the space that we will need to run this club. We ask that you give whatever you can to support our efforts.
Also, if you would like to be involved in any way, or know of any children who have a passion for learning, please email myself ([email redacted]), or my partner Zaréya, ([email redacted]).
Thank you in advance for all your help!
- Mecca Pelzer
- Geralynn Brown
- Eugene Harding
- Mary Watts
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