I am the founder and president of Black Writers On Tour, a nonprofi t organization, that primarily focuses on literacy. We do not exclude anyone; however, our main outreach is to African Americans, because documentations indicate that African American children lag far behind in literacy. Our mission is to increase literacy awareness and to assist in the preservation of African American culture via helping and encouraging African Americans to tell their story.
Through Black Writers On Tour, we will raise awareness of the human costs of illiteracy, explore programs on the many ways we may all fi ght against illiteracy, as well as encourage young people to explore the joy of reading and writing. The days are gone for faceto-face meetings. In this technology era, communication is done via written contact such as emails or text messages. People tend to judge one’s intellect by one’s writing skills. A person may have great expertise, however, may not have the opportunity to demonstrate such because he/she was locked out due to poor writing abilities.
As we embark upon the technology era, the current stats do not lend itself toward a good future for American Students across the nation. As the nation focuses on the education of STEM, it does not take a rocket scientist to know that literacy is the foundation that prepares the students for STEM programs.
Since research proves that African American student lag behind signifi cantly in literacy, there must be a plan put in place to correct these defi ciencies. The question is: Why is it acceptable for African American students to be left behind and are they included in the slogan, “No child left behind?” Did we not learn from the 911 attack, that when one hurts, we all hurt? African American students should be inclusive, and if not, then, why not, and if not now, then when?
We desperately need your fi nancial help! This is the TwentyFourth Annual Event for Black Writers On Tour. This year, 2020, we have added business and technology—Black Writers On Tour and Southern California Black Business & Tech Expo.
Getting sponsorship for a Black event that does not lend itself to “eating, drinking, partying” is very diffi cult. I have been told that if I remove the wording Black, I might have a chance. However, it is my belief that I must throw the rope/lifejacket to ones who are drowning—the children that I see in the bottom of the illiteracy pool— Black children. So holler and give me your fi nancial support, if you hear me! You can send your taxable donation to Black Writers on Tour, 1425 W. Manchester Ave. Ste. B., Los Angeles, California 90047, or you can go to blackwritersontour. com and click the donate button, or send via PayPal to drrosie@ aol.com and comment for Black Writers On Tour. You can view videos from previous years at blackwritersontour.com.
Dr. Rosie Milligan, Author, Senior Estate Planner and Business/ Credit Consultant, Professional Business Consulting Services, 1425 W. Manchester Avenue, Ste. B, Los Angeles, California 90047, 323-750-3592, firstname.lastname@example.org, Drrosie.com