Tampa, Florida 2021-08-03 23:26:22 –
Detroit — If children can see themselves in the books they read, it opens up a world of possibilities, a world of understanding.
“When we grow up and have hopes and dreams, it’s important to look at ourselves in the literature around us and know that we too can be what we want to be.” And Cindy Egleton, co-founder of Brilliant Detroit.
Brilliant Detroit is an organization that aims to create areas where children can succeed. Little library To bring more diverse books to the hands of local children.
“So there are 14 books in town, a brand new one-year free book written by the color authors, and this is what we need … it’s an amazing endeavor,” Eggleton said. ..
It’s part of everything “Read in Color” initiative in a small library, Launched last year in response to the murder of George Floyd.
The Read in Color library is deployed in six cities, including Detroit.
Courtesy Brilliant Detroit
“Especially now, during the COVID period, during all the problems that exist in the world, when I launched this last week, my heart was very full. About 100 people participated. The kids were thrilled. I was so excited that I picked up a book, sat down and read, and just enjoyed each other. That’s great, “says Egleton.
From the perspective of racism and social justice, until celebrating a variety of voices, including LGBTQ + community voices, these books are available at a small library station designated by Read in Color to expand the collection of books throughout Detroit. can.
And some stories come directly from the community.
“We are planning to lift something special in the neighborhood. I think there are so many heroes around Detroit. We don’t always hear those stories. “Eggleton said.
One of the local writers featured in Brightmoor’s Little Library is 11-year-old Gabriel Eselridge.
“I wrote the book,’What am I when I grow up?'” It’s a book written by my 8-year-old dad and I, and I’ve experienced different career possibilities of what I can do. It was when I grew up. “
Mr Eselridge said he was excited about the book being featured and hoped that other children would be inspired.
“I hope other kids will take away what you can do, no matter what you look like or who you are,” he said.
Eggleton said the deployment of the 14 Read in Color libraries should be completed in October.
“We’re going to keep these going forever, so we’ll find a funder. We’ll find help,” she said.
According to Cindy, the goal is to have 24 sites by 2024.
WXYZ’s Alexandra Bahou first reported this story.
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