The NAACP's Annual Daisy Bates Educational Institute commemorates the efforts of one extraordinary woman to educate youth. Recognizing that the gap in grade-level reading continues to widen for children of color who are socio-economically challenged, the “NAACP Reads” campaign was designed to combat this issue.


The NAACP commenced the 2014 Daisy Bates Education Institute with the launch of the Grade Level Reading campaign with the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  Coined "NAACP reads", the campaign finds ways to increase grade-level reading for low income students.

Watch this video from the Grade Level Reading website and Annie E. Casey Foundation to learn why everyone should care about the "zip code lottery" that leads to inequitable educational opportunities.

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Concert For A Cause

WE tv and the NAACP are hosted a Concert For A Cause, Sept. 18, 2014 7:00pm. WE tv talent and literacy advocates SWV, Erica Campbell and Traci Braxton  performed live--bringing awareness to the #NAACPreads campaign.


NAACP Reads Google Hangout On Air

Robin Smith will read from her book.  The author was born and raised in the Brewster Projects in Detroit Michigan--she's always had a passion for writing. This passion crafted her first Children's Book entitled,  Little Black Girl--this book serves as a tool  of empowerment to instill self worth, love and possibilities in young women. No matter where you come from--what matters is where you're going. Robin has agreed to share her love of writing (and reading) with the #NAACPreads campaign to uplift grade-level reading in urban areas. She wants all girls to know that their possibilities are endless.


NAACP Reads AURN Radio Celebrity PSAs

AURN and the NAACP, in partnership with Tanya Hart Communications, Inc., produced and distributed radio public service announcements (PSAs) voiced by Tatyana Ali, Bobby Jones, Jermaine Dupri, Bill Withers, Jagged Edge and other notable individuals from various aspects of the entertainment industry.  The goal is to cultivate a generation of young people committed to reading. Learn more about the PSAs here.


NAACP Reads Twitter Town Hall

The NAACP Education Department joined with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and special guests, Kevin Powell, Sheryl Lee Ralph and JJ Hairston, to promote the NAACP Reads initiative and the importance of grade-level reading in the community. This #NAACPReads Twitter Town Hall had a reach of over 419,000 Twitter users and an after potential of reaching 7,085,824 users.