Category Archives: Books

April 1st is Literacy Across Harlem Day

The first day of every month is Literacy Across Harlem Day, and on Wednesday, April 1st Total Equity Now is encouraging all Harlemites to #RockThoseReads by proudly and publicly carrying a book, magazine, newspaper, or other reading materials everywhere you go to show your love for reading.

Joe Rogers, Jr., Founder & Facilitator of Total Equity Now, who was recently featured and recognized for his work in the community in the Amsterdam News, has let us know that the April 1st “#RockThoseReads Street Team will gather from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., on the southeast corner of 155th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, “where they’ll hand out lists of books about Harlem, and information about Harlem’s 10 public libraries; ask passersby to name their current and recommended “reads”; tell folks why we love reading, and listen to their reading-related stories; encourage others to carry their reads outside of their bags in celebration of Literacy Across Harlem Day and our collective identity as a community of readers and writers!”

If you can’t join in person but still want to show your Harlem reading pride, tweet or instagram to @TotalEquityNow a selfie with your “read” of the day and tag it #RockThoseReads.

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BOOK: Seeing through Race: A Reinterpretation of Civil Rights Photography



Seeing through Race is a boldly original reinterpretation of the iconic photographs of the black civil rights struggle. Martin A. Berger’s provocative and groundbreaking study shows how the very pictures credited with arousing white sympathy, and thereby paving the way for civil rights legislation, actually limited the scope of racial reform in the 1960s. Berger analyzes many of these famous images?dogs and fire hoses turned against peaceful black marchers in Birmingham, tear gas and clubs wielded against voting-rights marchers in Selma?and argues that because white sympathy was dependent on photographs of powerless blacks, these unforgettable pictures undermined efforts to enact?or even imagine?reforms that threatened to upend the racial balance of power.

“This work speaks to the power images have in framing how we see and react to others.  Critically important in the current era of images,  and given the persistent frisking, shooting, incarcerations and killing of innocent people of color in communities including – and not limited to, our beloved Harlem.”
– HarlemCondoLife

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QUOTE: Haruki Murakami

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“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

- Haruki Murakami

The Great Maya Angelou Has Passed On

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Maya Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday, said her literary agent, Helen Brann.

The 86-year-old was a novelist, actress, professor, singer, dancer and activist.  In 2010, President Barack Obama named her the recipient of the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.

One of Angelou’s most praised books was “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”
(read more) Legendary author Maya Angelou dies at age 86

*Fellow Harlemite and friend Norman, writes on his Facebook “There are people that you think will live forever and #mayaangelou is one of them.”

*Another Anne B. writes “I loved her books so much.  I remember first reading them in the 1970s.  She was a favorite of mine and she meant so much to me.”