The Right to Read shares the stories of an activist, a teacher, and two American families who fight to provide our youngest generation with the most foundational indicator of life-long success: the ability to read.
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. See trailer.
Join TRL-DC and IDA-DC as we screen The Right to Read. This is the only free, public, in-person screening of The Right to Read on the Eastern Seaboard. Board members of both TRL-DC and IDA-DC will be available from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm to discuss the organizations and their work. Please be seated before 2:00 pm, when the screening begins.