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The Literacy Connection with African-American Men

Loyola announcement - January 18, 2005

The Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy at Loyola University New Orleans has received a grant for $75,000 from the Entergy Foundation. At least 40 percent of New Orleans adults read below the 6th grade level. Fewer than 10 percent of them participate in literacy programs and African-American men are the most poorly served group among these. The National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy has challenged the Boggs Center to take the lead in addressing adult illiteracy, especially among African-American males.

Executive Director Michael Cowan and Petrice Sams-Abiodun, the research coordinator for the Boggs Center, hope the program will establish a network focused on increasing participation of African-American males in New Orleans and elsewhere, and develop and disseminate responses to address this pervasive problem.

The Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy promotes adult literacy as a vehicle for personal, economic, and community empowerment. The Boggs Center supports and enhances the efforts of community-based practitioners and university-based educators involved in literacy programming by providing resources to promote best practices in training and programs.