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Mission: The mission of Literacy Nation is to encourage and promote youth and adults as well as those whose native language is not English, to develop basic skills in reading, speaking, and writing English, thereby empowering them to participate more fully in the daily tasks of family, school, job and community.

[11/07/18]   Colleagues:

I hope you all are familiar with the incident at Catholic University involving a young man of color who attempted to use the law library.

I have spoken to the dean of the school and I'm in contact with the young man. I do not want to minimize the fact that this is an occurrence that happens all too often to people of color.

In response to this incident and others like it, Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA):

Condemns unnecessary policing of people of color and other marginalized individuals as such encounters may have unintended, but potentially life-threatening consequences,
Refuses to accept discriminatory barriers that exist to discourage and prevent people of color from pursuing their educational and professional goals,
Calls on the leadership of Catholic University, and specifically Catholic University Libraries, to address the campus and organizational culture that allowed for the escalation and involvement of police in this situation, including the on-going training of all student workers, staff, and campus police
Asks that Mr. Gonzalez, along with current and future students, be given the appropriate credentials for using library facilities as necessary to prevent similar situations in the future, and
Encourages Mr. Gonzalez to remain steadfast in the pursuit of his academic and professional endeavors.
Richard E. Ashby, Jr.
President, BCALA, Inc.

[08/06/18]   Congratulations to Our founder and CEO Richard E Ashby Jr..... the new president of the BLack Caucus American Library Association

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EXPRESS YOURSELF – Your Voice Your Choice is 1st and 3rd Thursday segment of The Little Flower Literacy and Economics Radio Show. Hosted by Philadelphia Librarian Richard E. Ashby, Jr., of Philadelphia Pennsylvania, EXPRESS YOURSELF – Your Voice Your Choice is designed to expand the lite...

Straight Talk about the Nword |

Please join me tomorrow morning @ 11:30 am est... for part two of our Rare Racist Book Series interviews.

My guest will be Dr. Neal Lester.

Neal A. Lester, Ph.D. Bio

Dr. Lester is a Foundation Professor of English with specialties in African American literature and cultural studies. His bachelor’s degree in English (with a minor in Secondary Education) comes from the University of West Georgia (Carrolton, GA), where he was class valedictorian. His master’s and doctoral degrees in English come from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN). He was first tenured black professor in the Department of English at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) and the first black graduate with a PhD in English at Vanderbilt University. He taught at the University of Montevallo (AL) from 1986 to 1989 and at the University of Alabama from 1989 through spring 1997 before coming to Arizona State University in fall 1997.

The author or co-author of seven books or book-length studies-- among them Ntozake Shange: A Critical Study of the Plays (1995) and Understanding Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents (1999)-- Dr. Lester has published, lectured, and taught extensively in the area of African American Studies. He has published on personal ads as African American biography and autobiography; black masculinities; African American homoeroticism; neo-slave narratives; parental (il)literacy in children's literature; the absence of the Nword in contemporary African American children's texts; African American female sexuality; interracial intimacies in American popular music; heteronormativity in children's texts, African American womanist theory; Disney's first African American princess in The Princess and the Frog; Disney’s Tangled feminist messages; Helen Bannerman's Little Black Sambo as an anti-trickster; and the gender and race politics of African Americans and hair. His course, "The Nword: An Anatomy Lesson," the only such course taught in the country, has garnered local, national, and international attention. Since its publication in 2014, Dr. Lester’s pedagogical piece on teaching the Nword course, "The N-Word: Lessons Taught and Lessons Learned," in Journal of Praxis in Multicultural Education (Vol. 8: No. 2), has garnered 2898 downloads (Digital Scholarship @ UNLV Readership Report as of February 2017), and in some 15 countries across the globe. His third book, Once Upon a Time in a Different World: Issues and Ideas in African American Children’s Literature (2007), is a collection of Dr. Lester's essays on children's literature with scholars, critics, and lay persons responding each to a different essay and creating a threaded conversation about identity, gender, sexuality and race. He has also completed a co-edited collection of essays on the intersection of race, gender and sexuality in personal ads, Racialized Politics of Desire in Personal Ads (2008). His co-edited volume Sapphire's Literary Breakthrough: Feminist Pedagogies, Erotic Literacies, Environmental Justice Perspectives (2012), is the first critical study of this important poet and author. Dr. Lester is also co-author of the exhibition catalog HairStories (2003) for the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2013, Dr. Lester served as the lead editor of the international journal of children’s literature, The Lion and The Unicorn, a special issue on children, identity and hair.

A popular public speaker, frequent radio guest, regular op ed contributor, newspaper columnist and blogger, and discussion facilitator, Dr. Lester has an extensive record of public lectures, classroom guest lectures, and keynote addresses; local and national media interviews; guest speaker events; scholarly and professional consultations; community discussion facilitations; conference presentations; and editorials. As well, he has received numerous teaching awards and recognitions, including Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award (1993), Distinguished Teaching Fellow Award (1996), and David Bottoms Distinguished Department Alumni Award and the College Alumni Achievement Award from The University of West Georgia. Dr. Lester was named "Distinguished Public Scholar" by the Arizona Humanities Council in 2001 for his work both inside and outside the classroom. Dr. Lester was a recipient of the ASU "Last Lecture" Award (2002), the Arizona State University Parents Association Professor of the Year (2003), the CLAS Dean's Distinguished Professorship (2004), and a Foundation Professorship (2007).

Dr. Lester’s extensive public service and administrative experience includes six years on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Humanities Council--2 years as Board chair, as Chair of the ASU Department of English (one of the largest in the country with over 200 teaching faculty), and as Dean of Humanities in the ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where his oversight included several research Centers, one department (English) and two interdisciplinary schools (School of International Letters and Cultures and the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies). In addition to serving on editorial and advisory boards, Dr. Lester has served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Departments of English (ADE), an affiliate of the Modern Language Association of America. Dr. Lester served as Associate Vice President for Humanities and Arts in the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development where his role was to promote integrated humanities research across disciplines throughout the University. He also created and has directed at Arizona State University the multiple award-winning university-wide Project Humanities ( initiative since 2010, bringing scholars and communities together to "talk, listen and connect." In 2014, Project Humanities received the inaugural Key of Excellence Award from the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society for successfully promoting liberal arts and sciences across communities and disciplines. Dr. Lester received the Roy Wilkins Community Service Award, the highest honor from the East Valley NAACP chapter, for his innovative Project Humanities initiative and for his community awareness campaign about the Nword. Project Humanities received the Juliana Yoder Friend of Humanities Award from the Arizona Humanities in November 2104 for promoting humanities efforts across the state of Arizona. In January 2015, Dr. Lester received the Francis March Andrew Distinguished Service Award (comparable to a Lifetime Achievement Award) from the Modern Language Association/Association of Departments of English for his extensive professional service to English Studies, and in February 2015, received the Invisible Heroes’ “UMOJA” award from the United Gay Informed Men of African-Descent. In April 2016, Dr. Lester received the Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award from the Arizona State University Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. Most recently, Dr. Lester was named to Echo Magazine’s Class of 2016 Hall of Fame for his support of and programming around LGBTQ communities. As a recipient of the City of Tempe 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Diversity Award, Dr. Lester will have his portrait permanently displayed in the Tempe History Museum.

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EXPRESS YOURSELF - Your Voice Your Choice with Richard E. Ashby, Jr. Richard E. Ashby, Jr., is the Director at Yeadon Public Library in Philadelphia, PA. Thursday's guest are nine members of the Yeadon Library Youth Book Club, discussing their reading of Where Little Flower Got Her Power. EXPRESS YOURSELF – Your Voice Your Choice is the newest segment of The Little Flower Literacy and Economics Radio Show, airs each 3rd Thursday Morning on this channel. Richard, a Librarian and Literacy Actionist, designed the EXPRESS YOURSELF segment to expand the literacy discussion.

Youth book club @Yeadon public Library
are reading Little Flower .....A story about a lille girl just like them.....African American!!!

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LiteracyNation's cover photo

[06/18/14]   I have been selected the librarian of the year BCALA...... The New York Black Librarians Caucus has been selected, the affiliate of the year....... Congratulations to my colleagues and president Shauntee Burns

I'm enjoying the kids at literacynations sidewalk library

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four students of the homework helpers club

Brooklyn Public Library new lots branch....breakfast story hour....... sponsored by the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta , the New York Black Library of caucus and literacy nation

Gina Russell Stevens and the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta

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