Getting Started

The amount of influence the ability to read can have on a lifetime is infinite. Yet the need for literacy education in Detroit is staggering: Nearly 50% of the adult population is functionally illiterate. Many literacy programs and schools are anemic. Detroit’s Osborn High School, for example, received a grant to convert a classroom into a library, yet they did not have a single book to put into it. In late 2016, we thought it would be easy to collect a box or two for them. We ended up collecting 20 huge boxes of books quickly–easily between 1,000 and 2,000 titles. Below is a photo of students and teachers at Osborn in their new library, holding some of the books we sent.

Photo by Brian Cass Peck

Thankfully, interest in supporting literacy in Detroit continues to flourish.

We’ve identified programs that cultivate meaningful literacy in fun, functional, and transparent ways in both youth and adult populations, and seek to fulfill some of their book needs.

Can you help us get started? We are seeking the initial funds to get our non-profit tax status and to start collecting and shipping books!

Please click the support button above, or email info [@] blackbirdlit.org if you’d like to donate or volunteer.

The amount of influence the ability to read can have on a lifetime is infinite.

Thank you for making it possible.