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In the pursuit of "Literacy and Justice for All," LiteracyNation-ALA, hosted a seven-hour Read-a-Thon, featuring banned and challenged books on Saturday, June 23, 2023. During this event, participants were invited to read for FIVE minutes from a banned or challenged book (or a book of their choice).
By participating in this event, our sponsors, donors, and readers demonstrated their commitment to the freedom to read and the right of open access to information. All proceeds from this fundraising event were donated to the LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Foundation.
The LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund was established in 1970 as a special trust, in memory of Dr. LeRoy C. Merritt. It is devoted to the support, maintenance, medical care, and welfare of librarians who, in the Trustees’ opinion, are:
"Denied employment rights or discriminated against on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, religion, age, disability, or place of national origin; or denied employment rights because of defense of intellectual freedom; that is, threatened with loss of employment or discharged because of their stand for the cause of intellectual freedom, including promotion of freedom of the press, freedom of speech, the freedom of librarians to select items for their collections from all the world’s written and recorded information, and defense of privacy rights." (ALA.org)
For Immediate Release
CHICAGO – The American Library Association is pleased to announce that the ALA Council approved LiteracyNation, Inc. as an affiliate. The action took place Jan. 29 during LibLearnX: The Library Experience in New Orleans. In 2022, the ALA Executive Board vetted the application to ensure LiteracyNation’s mission and bylaws aligned with ALA.
“The importance and significance of LiteracyNation joining ALA as an affiliate is that LiteracyNation will enhance learning and promote library services and ALA membership by introducing a diverse population of vetted self-published authors to library members within various communities,” said Richard E. Ashby Jr., President and Co-founder. “With literacy and justice for all."
LiteracyNation’s purpose is to advance and advocate for diversity and inclusion in books and digital resources in libraries, specifically those written by groups that are underrepresented by mainstream publishing houses and libraries.
The organization has more than 2100 members.
Additional information regarding ALA Affiliates and affiliation criteria is available at http://www.ala.org/aboutala/affiliates/affiliates
ABOUT THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world. Founded on October 6, 1876 during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the mission of ALA is “to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.” For more information, visit www.ala.org.