Seattle, WA – Three Seattle area Black educators joined forces with the Africatown Community Land Trust and Converge Media to produce video segments intended to encourage parents to read with their children especially now more than ever with formal school being canceled for the remainder of the year due to COVID-19. Seattle School Board Director for District VII, Brandon Hersey, Community Education Advocate, Emijah Smith, and Marissa Mcdowell, Executive Director of Education Unchained all took turns reading children’s books by Black authors.
As school is out for the remainder of the school year, Africatown Community Land Trust, as well as educators, want to encourage parents and children to read together as often as possible. Africatown Community Land Trust has also provided an online database full of homeschooling resources for parents and students.
Africatown Community Land Trust is working for community ownership of land in the Central District that can support the cultural and economic thriving of people who are part of the African diaspora in the Greater Seattle region. The Africatown Community Land Trust board is comprised of real estate professionals, business executives, entrepreneurs, and other professionals and long-time community members from the Central District.