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The NHBW literacy initiative is a grassroots movement established to help raise reading levels for students across the country.  The goal is to attack the systemic reading epidemic.  The plan is to not only be a resource for grade school students but for children in daycares/nursery schools as well.


Our mission is to provide the tools and resources to combat this epidemic at the ground level.  WE plan to put a book in every home and support parents as the child’s first and most important teacher.  We plan to increase literacy and promote a child’s successful transition into the educational school system through outreach and awareness to parents about the importance of reading readiness for children birth through 5 years of age.


The goal is to increase the percentage of students reading by the time they enter kindergarten and establish a literacy based resource center for both daycares/nurseries and grade schools.  Educational support systems are the key to keeping children in school, in the work force, off welfare, and away from criminal activities.  This goal will be reached by the following:

Each year during the month of February, NHBW observes the African American Read-In sponsored by the Black Caucus of NCTE and NCTE.


During the fall, NHBW hosts Laps for Literacy in each of their chapter states to raise money for Reading Rooms and Reading Corners in these states.

Have children books to donate?  Contact your nearest Chapter or National office for more information.


Reading Room/Corner Locations

African American Read In Laps for Literacy Book Donations Real Men Read
Reading for Life Locations

NHBW, Inc. provides books to 1,000's of families through the "Reading for Life" reading rooms and corners.

     - Atlanta Chapter

Women of Gilgal

541 Mobile Ave, Atlanta GA 30315


Our House

711 S Columbia Dr, Decatur GA 30030


Women’s Resource Center to End Dom Violence

115 E Maple St, Decatur GA 30030


Utopian Academy for the Arts

6630 Camp St, Riverdale GA 30274


Nicholas House

830 Boulevard SE, Atlanta GA 30312


     - Birmingham Chapter

East Lake United Methodist Church

7753 1st Ave S, Birmingham AL 35206


Family Life Center

8301 8th Ave S, Birmingham AL 35206


     - Camden Chapter

All Smiles Learning Center

285 White Horse Pike, Clementon NJ 0821


Big Tim’s Barbershop

255 Sicklerville Rd, Sicklerville NJ 08081


Changing Faces Hair Salon

316 S White Horse Pike, Lindenwold NJ 08021


Osborn Family Health Center

1601 Haddon Ave, Camden NJ 08103


Way of the Spirit Literacy Center

2600 Mt Ephraim Ave #405, Camden NJ 08104


     - Cherry Hill Chapter

Learning Depot

239 E Front St, Trenton NJ 08611


Young Ambitious Minds

1210 Stuyvesant Ave, Trenton NJ 08618


 - Chicago Chapter

Bishop Shepard Little Memorial Center

5230 S Halsted St, Chicago IL 60609


Got You Faded Barbershop

11944 S Halsted St, Chicago IL 60628


K.L.E.O. Center Reading Center

119 E Garfield Rd, Chicago IL 60637


New Moms Inc

5317 W Chicago Ave, Chicago IL 60651


     - Dallas Chapter

Small Miracles Academy

3912 Alma Dr, Plano TX 75023

2700 Rigsby Dr, Plano TX 75074


Fellowship Christian Center Church

HYPE Kid Zone Youth Church Building

1609 E 15th St, Plano TX 75074


     - Gadsden Chapter

New Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

23209 Blue Star Highway, Quincy FL 32351


Dr. Jessie Furlow Medical Center

1249 Strong Rd, Quincy FL 32351


Quincy Refuge House

100 N Adams St, Quincy FL 32351


     - Greater New York Chapter

I Can Club Community Outreach Building

110-54 Farmers Blvd, Jamaica NY 11434


Rochdale Community Center

168 24 127th Ave, Jamaica NY 11434


     - Joliet Chapter

Unity CDC

1 Doris Ave, Joliet IL 60433


Fairview Housing Authority

1426 Englewood, Joliet IL 60432


Shiloh MB Church

18101  Oak Ave, Lockport IL 60441


Joliet Early Learning Center

500 Parks Ave, Joliet IL 60432


St John’s Center

822 Elizabeth, Joliet IL 60435


Broadway Center

110 Willow, Joliet IL 60436


Good Shepherd

151 E Briarcliff, Bolingbrook IL 60440


Aunt Martha’s HC

1301 Copperfield Ave, Joliet IL 60432


- Louisville Chapter

Center for Women & Families Westend Campus

4303 W Broadway, Louisville KY 40211


Parkland Scholar House

1309 Catalpa St, Louisville KY 40211

     - Mid Cities Texas Chapter

Brighter Corner DV Shelter

928 Bluebird Dr, Irving TX 75061


     - Milwaukee Chapter

New Hope MB Church

2433 W Roosevelt, Milwaukee WI 53209


     - Nashville Chapter

Fifty Forward - Bordeaux

3315 John Mallette Dr, Nashville TN 37218


Kelly Miller Smith Center Against Abusive Behavior

460 10th Circle North, Nashville TN 37203


Bordeaux Early Learning Center Pre-K

1910 S Hamilton Rd, Nashville TN 37218


Celebrate Life Community Church

802 E Old Hickory Blvd, Madison TN 37115


     - Newark/New Jersey Chapter

Rutgers University Lattimore Clinic

225 Warren St, Newark NJ 07103


     - North Central Texas Chapter

Ella Mae Brown Crisis Center

4200 N Travis St, Sherman TX 75090


Emily’s Place

PO Box 860911, Plano TX 75074


Grayson County Shelter

331 W Morton St, Denison TX 75020


Hope’s Door

860 F Ave 100, Plano TX 75074


     - Northwest Indiana Chapter

Elk Child Care Center

1953 Georgia St, Gary IN 46402


Indiana Parenting Institute

504 Broadway Ste 444, Gary IN 46402


     - Orlando Chapter

Maxey Headstart

1100 E Maple St, Winter Garden FL 34787


Pine Hills Headstart Center

6408 Jennings Rd, Orlando FL 32818


     - Queen City Chapter

Druid Hills Academy

2801 Lucent St, Charlotte NC 28206


     - Spartanburg Chapter

Safe Homes Rape Crisis Coalition

236 Union St, Spartanburg SC 29302


     - Tallahassee Chapter

Smith-Williams Service Center

2295 Pasco St, Tallahassee FL