National Literacy Action Week

By Natalie Clay

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

January 30, 2012

Location: Nationwide

Phone: 919-962-1542



Event Description

NATIONAL LITERACY AWARENESS WEEK happening January 30—February 4, 2012
2012 NLAW theme: "Awareness to Action: Literacy through a Multicultural Lens"

CHAPEL HILL, NC—Various activities to commemorate the 2012 National Literacy Action Week (NLAW), a nationwide event where campus literacy programs join together to raise awareness about literacy and create change on their campuses and in their communities, will happen across North Carolina and the country from January 30—February 4, 2012.

Coordinated by the Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE)—which mobilizes college students and campus-based programs to address nationwide literacy needs through partnerships between campuses and communities, supports campus-based literacy programs locally and nationally, and develops leaders who are agents of social change—NLAW is a nationwide organizing initiative that raises awareness about literacy and literacy activism. By educating our communities; promoting literacy organizations’ activities; and illuminating the connections between literacy and other social justice issues, such as racism, poverty, sexism, immigration, health needs, and beyond; NLAW draws national attention to important literacy issues.

Additionally, NLAW endeavors to facilitate change in our communities through addressing social justice issues in our local communities and college/university campuses; advocating for changes in local schools; lobbying local, state, and national elected officials to commit more resources for literacy initiatives; and inspiring decision-makers to embrace policies and practices that positively benefit learners and lead to greater justice and equality.

“NLAW is an opportunity for students to connect with a national advocacy effort and see how their local endeavors have a larger impact nationwide,” said Megan McCurley, Executive Director for SCALE.

There are a series of NLAW Events throughout North Carolina and across the country designed to engage communities in advocacy and social justice. To find an event in your area, please see

To participate in National Literacy Action Week and to support SCALE, please see or email

There are a series of NLAW Events in the triangle that are designed to engage the community in advocacy and social justice.

January 30th – February 4th
Social Media Campaign
Durham Literacy Center & The Literacy Council of Wake County
These groups will disseminate quotes and literacy facts to promote the advocacy goals of NLAW! Tweet literacy and social justice facts with the #NLAW hashtag and follow us at @readwriteact to get involved.

January 30th – February 4th
Book Drive
America Reads of UNC-CH Tutors
These UNC-CH students will be collecting books in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area to donate to community youth. Please see for a list of donation sites.

January 31st & February 2nd, 10:40 am Break
Voter Registration Drive at North Carolina Central University (NCCU)
Kappa Alpha Psi- Alpha Kappa Chapter (NCCU)
Members of this chapter will circulate the “hot spots” on NCCU’s campus to register voters. Students will also be educated on how their vote impacts the election of State legislators who determine the University’s budget.

February 2nd, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
African American Read-In at the Campus Y, Main Room
Orange County Literacy Council
The AmeriCorps members of OCLC and UNC’s Project Literacy are hosting the 23rd annual National African American Read-In.

February 2nd, 6:30 pm
Community Read-In at Hargraves Community Center
Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate, CHHS
Students and their mentors, along with other community members, will attend an evening of reading. Bring books of your own and also leave with a new one!

February 2nd, 6:30pm
Savage Love Life at Memorial Hall
Author Dan Savage, prominent LGBTQ rights activist will host a program where students can submit questions. This is free for all UNC students.

January 30th – February 3rd
Youth Voter Registration
American Civil Liberties Union, UNC-CH Law Chapter
UNC-CH Law students will visit local high schools to educate students about voting rights and to register students who will be 18 by the next election.

February 4th, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
NLAW Virtual Conference
Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE)
Attend our free online conference! SCALE will host four 50-minute sessions to engage the audience about student engagement in social action activities surround adult and youth literacy. We have a distinguished panel of presenters including:
• Taiyyaba Qureshi: Attorney Fellow for Educational Advancement and Fair Opportunities at the UNC School of Law Center for Civil Rights;
• Scott Ganske: Education Director, Youth Service America;
• Jackie Taylor: Technology Coordinator & Advocacy Chair at the National Coalition for Literacy; and
• Megan McCurley: Executive Director, SCALE.

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