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Thursdays in Black: Reading for Life (Part II)

Thursdays in Black official logo

Why Wear Black?

It’s perfectly simple: for one day a week, wear black to show your support for survivors of discrimination and violence, and to work together for a world without brutality. In addition, I have decided to add a weekly feature to this blog, in which I will feature a specific Human Rights-related link, article, blog post or other media item and discussion, encouraging others to get involved. Read my first post here.

Link(s) of the Day:

Pro-Literacy.org
Literacy.org
Books Open the World

Why I Chose These Links:

This month’s Social Justice theme is Literacy and Education. As a lifelong reader and a postgraduate student, these are subjects that are very close to my heart. I can’t imagine not being able to read or write, to not be able to enjoy the blissful feeling of sinking into another world through literature or the joy of expanding my understanding of the world through knowledge. In addition, illiteracy and lack of education are some of the leading contributors to poor economic growth and poverty. Today’s links are international organisations dedicated to helping adult learners improve their literacy all over the world. Check them out and see what you can do to help!

Thursdays in Black: Book Buying for a Better World

Thursdays in Black official logo

Why Wear Black?

It’s perfectly simple: for one day a week, wear black to show your support for survivors of discrimination and violence, and to work together for a world without brutality. In addition, I have decided to add a bi-weekly feature to this blog, in which I will feature a specific Human Rights-related link, article, blog post or other media item and discussion, encouraging others to get involved. Read my first post here.

Link of the Day:

Better World Books

Why I Chose This Link:

Better World Books is an international book-selling website with a fantastic twist: every book you buy contributes directly towards funds for Global Literacy. Their books are cheap, they deliver worldwide, and you get to support a great cause as you foster your own reading habits (not to mention they provide an easy way of obtaining books not otherwise accessible in your country). I don’t buy books often, but I definitely support their efforts and think it’s an excellent idea.

From their mission statement:

We were founded in 2002 by three friends from the University of Notre Dame who started selling textbooks online to earn some money, and ended up forming a pioneering social enterprise — a business with a mission to promote literacy.

We’re not a traditional company with an add-on “cause” component. Social and environmental responsibility is at thecore of our business. You could say it’s in our DNA.

We’re breaking new ground in online bookselling. We believe that education and access to books are basic human rights. That’s why books sold on BetterWorldBooks.com help fund high-impact literacy projects in the United States and around the world.

What better way for readers the world over to help others discover the magic of the written word?