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K12’s Chairman Participates in Black History Month Literacy Initiative

Recently, K12’s Executive Chairman Nate Davis participated in the African American Read-In, a literacy initiative of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) created in conjunction with Black History Month. The Read-In is a celebration of diversity in literature as each year more than a million participants nationwide gather to read excerpts from African American authors during February. The Read-Ins are usually held at schools, libraries, churches, and community centers.

Nate participated in this year’s Read-In via video at Florida’s Kissimmee Civic Center on February 20. He read from The Life and Adventures of Nat Love, the autobiography of a black cowboy and former slave who lived in the Old West following the Civil War. Although Nat Love grew up in the time of slavery when black literacy was prohibited, he secretly learned to read and write as a child and wrote this book in 1907 about his adventures as a cattle herder and expert marksman.

Nate calls it a “fascinating book,” and reminds kids that “reading books will teach you so much about what’s going on around you and going on in the world.”


Nate Davis, K12’s Executive Chairman, reads aloud for the African American Read-In in honor of Black History Month. Watch now.

Posted by K12 Inc. on Tuesday, February 23, 2016


The School Library Journal offers a comprehensive list of culturally diverse books, and Book Trust offers a list of the best books written by African American writers. Both are great ways to expand your children’s reading list at any time of the year!

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Elizabeth Street is a writer for Learning Liftoff. For the past 20 years, she has written newsletter and website content for nonprofit and corporate organizations on such topics as the plight of children of prisoners worldwide, the lack of prenatal care for mothers in developing countries, and child mentoring programs. She has a particular interest in the importance of providing all children with a quality education regardless of their family’s financial status or background. A native of Virginia, Elizabeth is a graduate of James Madison University and loves animals, with particular fondness for her two cats, Oscar and Emmy.

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