About Us

Who We Are

Raising Black Kids to Be Avid Readers was started in 2015 by Connie Webster to spread awareness about Black literacy with a goal to ignite a passion for reading in our beloved African-American community. The goal is to give back in the community by helping children learn to read and enjoying it. Yes, there has been lot progress since the days when laws was made to keep Blacks from reading or writing. These laws would heavily impacted the black community in economical and education developments. NAEP’s 2019 report card shows that only 15% of Black 8th graders are at or above “reading proficiency.” It is further distressing that almost half didn’t even reach the “basic” reading benchmark. Only 17% of Black 12th graders stand at “reading proficiency.” Even though Black dropout rate dropped nationwide, from 9.7% in 2006 to 5.3% in 2018. Nevertheless, the dropout rate for Black students remained higher than that for white students (4.2%). While there has been progress made over the last 25 years, black students still perform at lower levels.

What does this mean?

Our community still needs help to strive in a system is built against them. Therefore, Raising Black Kids to Be Avid Readers will contribute and promote to helping our community to learn to read and become an avid reader is necessary for our continuing success.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to share, promote, and encourage reading books starting from birth to becoming lifelong readers.

We will assist parents with resources to help make lifelong readers. It takes a village to raise a reader

Vision Statement

We would like for every child to experience the enjoyment and potential of becoming a lifelong avid reader.

We will join forces with other literacy organizations to help transform children achieve better lives in and for our community