60 For 60: Protecting the Freedom to Read in Honor of the Freedom Summer of 1964

June 17, 2024 12:00 am

60 for 60

Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools® Program has launched a 60 for 60 Read Aloud Campaign to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Freedom Summer 1964. We are working with The Brown Bookshelf and The African-American Children’s Book Project, two groups that promote African-American literary creators and their work for young readers, to recruit 60 authors, illustrators, and photographers to serve as Harambee read aloud guests at program sites across the country on Wednesday, July 17, for National Day of Social Action (NDSA). We cordially invite you to join us as a read aloud guest at your local CDF Freedom Schools site as we engage in read-ins featuring banned books, marches, and other types of protests, to demand that communities and elected officials protect the freedom to read. 

Once you sign up, you will receive a follow-up email with an introduction to local site staff.

For questions or additional information, contact Ciara Mackey-Hall at cmackeyhall@childrendefense.org.  

Check out our participating authors!