Cultivating a JOY of Reading
We Win when We Read distributes Black books to Black children free of charge. We cultivate experiences that shift the mindset of youth and families by highlighting the best of Black excellence in books and culture, thus growing a love and joy of reading.
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We Win When We Read is a collaboration of We Win and Racial Justice Network. Racial Justice Network is a multi-racial, grassroots organization based in Minnesota and led by Nekima Levy Armstrong, an award-winning attorney, civil rights activist, and former law professor. Racial Justice Network is committed to fighting for racial justice and building bridges across racial, social, and economic lines.
Only 14% of Black children in the Minneapolis Public School system read at or above grade level. By creating community and trust around reading and books We Win when We Read aims to increase reading ability, comprehension, and critical thinking. We Win when We Read has high expectations for our children as they read the books they are given and respond through writing and/or art. When they have a personal connection to these relevant and engaging stories, they want to read more.
While We Win When We Read is specifically for Black children, everyone is welcome to participate.