By Brooklyn Reader

August 20, 2014, 1:10 pm

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Little Sun People Day Campers take part in the Youth Literacy Volunteer Project

Little Sun People Day Campers take part in the Youth Volunteer Literacy Development Project

“Literacy prevents violence,” said Betty Davis, a retired educator and Crown Heights resident. “What it boils down to is, most people who commit violence have no hope. Reading develops a person inside so that they have a vision of themselves as something other than hopeless.”

Betty Davis, Education Committee Coordinator and  Co-founder of The Youth Volunteer Literacy Development Project

Betty Davis, Education Committee Coordinator and Co-founder of The Youth Volunteer Literacy Development Project

Davis, who has a master’s degree in library science and has worked for many years as a principal in the New York city public schools, said that underlying concept—that literacy prevents violence—is the reason why, when Bed-Stuy resident Arlena Adams, approached Community Board 8 with the idea to form a youth literacy program, immediately, she was on board.

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C. Zawadi Morris is an award-winning journalist and a Chicago native who moved to Brooklyn in 1997. Ms. Morris holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (and a minor in Spanish) from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She has worked as the communications director for Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (NY-12), a senior account executive for Shandwick Public Affairs and Cohn & Wolf Public Relations, and Bed-Stuy Patch. In December 2013, under The Original Media Group, Ms. Morris launched The Brooklyn Reader, an online news source covering the neighborhoods of Central Brooklyn.

C. Zawadi Morris is an award-winning journalist and a Chicago native who moved to Brooklyn in 1997. Ms. Morris holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (and a minor in Spanish) from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She has worked as the communications director for Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (NY-12), a senior account executive for Shandwick Public Affairs and Cohn & Wolf Public Relations, and Bed-Stuy Patch. In December 2013, under The Original Media Group, Ms. Morris launched The Brooklyn Reader, an online news source covering the neighborhoods of Central Brooklyn.

3 Responses

  1. Tammy Hall

    Thank you for the coverage of the literacy project. I only have one correction. The story I told called “The Boy Who Turned Into a Cat” was a folktale from South Africa. Thanks.

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  2. Brooklyn Reader

    Hi Tammy, I will make that correction! That would explain your South African accent during the telling! 🙂

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