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The Lindy Boggs Center presents 'The 13 Lessons'

Loyola press release - September 20, 2010

The Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy at Loyola University New Orleans has partnered with the Ashé Cultural Arts Center and One Book, One New Orleans to raise awareness of adult literacy through theater.

Loyola will welcome “The 13 Lessons,” an original production that highlights different testimonies of those experiencing illiteracy, on Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

“The 13 Lessons,” written by Lenwood Sloan, directed by John Grimsley, commissioned by The Lindy Boggs Center and produced by the Ashé Center, aims to push viewers to act against adult illiteracy while empowering the many adults who struggle with an inability to read.

“Low literacy acts as the single most important barrier to the economic development of New Orleans and the revitalization of this region,” said Petrice Sams-Abiodun, Ph.D., executive director of the Lindy Boggs Center. “‘The 13 Lessons’ is a vehicle for the Boggs Literacy Center at Loyola to raise public awareness and to advocate for solutions. Providing an opportunity for adults to learn to read and write is a social justice issue; it is not just about literacy but about creating hope.”

One Book, One New Orleans is an effort established by the Young Leadership Council that unites the city of New Orleans through a common novel while promoting and strengthening literacy throughout the city.

During the reading period, which began Aug. 25 and runs through Oct. 9, all New Orleanians over the age of 16 are encouraged by the Young Leadership Council to read this year’s selected novel, Louis Armstrong’s memoir, “Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans.”

This year, One Book, One New Orleans helped to create a prologue to “The 13 Lessons” that focuses on young Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong’s struggle with literacy.

The presentation of “The 13 Lessons” is made possible through a grant from Entergy Corporation to the Lindy Boggs Center. The center, which is dedicated to promoting adult literacy, fosters partnerships between Loyola and the surrounding community through providing local literacy sources with current information and training.

Loyola will present “The 13 Lessons” earlier that day to high school students from O. Perry Walker High School and Walter L. Cohen High School, who are also participating in One Book, One New Orleans.

For more information about “The 13 Lessons,” contact Sams-Abiodun at 504-864-7077 or psabiodu@loyno.edu.

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