Trailer
Assistive Technologies

The Right to Read

Runtime
1hr 20mins
Directed by
Jenny Mackenzie
Featuring
Kareem Weaver
Body

Co-presented by the Brookline Literacy Coalition.

Join us after the film for a discussion with American Public Media reporter and producer Emily Hanford (host of the podcast Sold A Story); Boston Public Schools' Christine Cronin; and Michael Moriarty, member of Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and chair of the literacy subcommittee. Brookline School Committee member Dr. Steven Ehrenberg will moderate.

When a child can’t read, their chances of incarceration, homelessness, and unemployment increase. That’s why Oakland-based NAACP activist Kareem Weaver believes literacy is one of the greatest civil rights issues of our time and is fighting for better reading instruction. “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 Oakland Unified School District demanding change. Produced by LeVar Burton. 

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