Alderman Cavalier Johnson, along with Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton and Mayor Tom Barrett unveil a new program intended to help address the achievements gap by making books available to kids at their neighborhood barbershop.
“Wisconsin is, sadly, home to the largest achievement gap in the nation between black students and white students,” Alderman Johnson said. “Making books available in a familiar venue like the barbershop sends the message that you don’t have to read scholarly articles to improve your reading comprehension. You can read mystery novels, sports stories or comic books, as long as you’re reading something.”
The program is a partnership with the Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee Public Schools, Sharp Literacy and Northcott Neighborhood House, utilizing participants in Northcott’s programs to build bookshelves that will be installed in barbershops throughout the city.