Authors of “We Are Charleston” Included In Literacy Program

District 7 kicks off the 11th year of 7Reads next Monday, September 25 with a week-long event that encourages the joy of reading. The District will host the winner of the 2016 ILA Young Adult Book Award, the Poet Laureate of South Carolina, and the authors of a compelling new book titled We Are Charleston. The celebrated authors, illustrators and poets include; Tim Davis, Herb Frazier, Jessica Khoury, Sonia Leverette, Melinda Long, Bernard Edward Powers Jr., Lance Rubin, and Marjory Wentworth. Children in every school within the District will have the opportunity to hear from one or more of the featured authors.
On Thursday, September 28 at 9:00 am, Spartanburg High School will host a special assembly with the authors of We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel. The book is based on extensive interviews with family and friends of the nine church members who died in the shooting. Written by South Carolina’s Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth, veteran journalist Herb Frazier and College of Charleston history professor Dr. Bernard Powers Jr., the book examines the history of the beloved institution known as “Mother Emanuel,” the history of the AME Church, the events of that terrible day in June 2015, and the amazing story of triumph and forgiveness that brought all of Charleston together in the wake of tragedy. After spending the day with our high school students, the authors will join a public forum for a conversation and a reading hosted by District 7 and several community partners. The event begins at 6:30 pm at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, at 502 S. Daniel Morgan Ave. The community is welcome to attend the event and admission is free.
Since its inception, 7Reads has brought more than 35 authors to the District 7 community and has put brand new books in the hands of thousands of students (well over 11,000 in the last 11 years). 7Reads has also been modeled by over 100 high schools and colleges nationwide and was showcased nationally and internationally in 2007, when syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker published an article in the The Washington Post praising the program.
{We Are Charleston Event Poster}

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