On Friday, February 19, in honor of Black History Month, the Network for Development of Children of African Descent (NdCAD) hosted a special book giveaway. Approximately 5,000 African and African American children’s books were donated by the General Mills Foundation and Generation Next with a $22,500 grant. Books for children of all ages and grades were available.
The book giveaway included free pizza, and parents had the opportunity to learn from NdCAD Parent Power graduates some of what they learned about selecting African American books. The event is part of a larger Black History Month promotion, “Celebrating a Legacy of Literacy Weekend,” giving families suggestions and ideas of things to do at home to shine light on the tradition of literacy within communities of African descent.
NdCAD gives away books every Saturday. For more information, call 651-209-3355 (St. Paul) or 612-588-2244 (Minneapolis), or go to their website at WWW.NDCAD.org.
James L. Stroud, Jr. is a contributing writer and photographer at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.