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Literacy Journey, by Sonia Lewis

23 December 2015
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On #GivingTuesday, The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy hosted a Barnes and Noble Bookfair fundraiser that featured poetry and spoken word by adult learners and MCOL volunteers.  Check out this original poem by one of our spotlighted tutors, Sonia Lewis.

Literacy Journey

Let me share with you my experience of working with a great group of adult learners and they are specifically all men;
I have had the chance to witness confidence being built from within.
The learner will share with you that life has been no crystal stair; while you then give them the opportunity to be exposed to Langston Hughes who has been there.
Before we could even crack a book, I had to understand the path that these men took.
How did they go through their adult lives with the shame of not being able to read? Who failed them? Who told them they could not be great?
Well I’ve arrived to set the record straight!  You will read, you will pronounce, you will become eligible for college and denounce…any doubt that you ever had about your ability to surpass the standard onto your life.
See, when I decided to set out to inspire, teach, and empower,
I wasn’t aware of the effect it would have on me.
See, I thought I would show up and do my thing.
Teach and discuss reading, give some powerful words to encourage .
My goal was only to help the learners flourish;
I’ll even say I wanted to give a spark of courage.
But see no one told me that the reward would be given to me; the excitement in watching those men take a literacy journey from A to Z.
So if you are asking yourself could I be the change in the world I wish to see? The answer is yes and it starts with commitment in our city.
Giving one hour out of 168 in a week can mean the difference to someone’s life and their ability to overcome defeat.
Join me.

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