On Thursday, September 18, 2014, the NAACP in partnership with WE tv will host “Concert for a Cause: A Night to Support Childhood Literacy” in Cramton Auditorium at Howard University. The concert will amplify the urgent need to increase grade-level reading proficiency within communities of color. WE tv stars and musical artists “SWV – Sisters With Voices,” along with solo artists Erica Campbell of the gospel group “Mary Mary” and Traci Braxton, star of WE tv’s “Braxton Family Values” series, will perform. Special guests, including North Carolina Congressman G.K. Butterfield and NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks, will be in attendance.
“The NAACP is excited to partner with WE tv to host such a creative and important event,” states Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO. “Our goal is to cultivate a generation of young people committed to reading as studies show that children who begin reading at an early age are more likely to excel in school and in life.”
“We are proud to support the NAACP’s childhood literacy initiative through this special one-night concert at such a historic University,” said Marc Juris, WE tv’s president. “Through popular shows like SWV Reunited, Mary Mary and Braxton Family Values WE tv gives a voice to African American women who are leaders in their communities and role models for the next generation.”
This concert is part of “NAACP Reads,” a NAACP public awareness campaign with the support of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The campaign aims to reinforce the importance of early literacy development and increase third grade-level reading proficiency for African American and low-income students.
The event is free to the public, but there are no more tickets available.