The Right to Read

A Worldreader
Screening Event

You’re invited to our read-in theatre! Join us on July 25 to watch The Right to Read, a powerful documentary about “the greatest civil rights issue of our time”: reading. Get your free ticket! RSVP by July 18.


Date: July 25, 2023, 5PM PST – 7PM PST

Rebecca Chandler Leege
CEO of Worldreader

Rebecca Chandler Leege, CEO of Worldreader, will open the online event. Stay tuned after the screening to join a discussion on the importance of getting children reading in the US and worldwide.

  • 54% of Americans between the ages of 16 and 74 read at a level below that of the sixth grade (Gallup, 2020), meaning that they cannot read.
  • 37% of all US fourth graders read below the basic level, meaning that they cannot read, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
  • NAEP reports that 6% of Black fourth graders, 50% of Hispanic fourth graders, and 57% of American Indian/Alaska Native fourth graders read below the basic level, meaning that they cannot read.

Oakland-based NAACP activist Kareem Weaver believes literacy is one of the greatest civil rights issues of our time and is advocating for better reading instruction. “What good is winning the right to vote if we can’t even read the ballot?” Follow Kareem, a teacher, and two American families as they fight for our youngest generation’s right to read.

The Right to Read

July 25|5PM PST – 7PM PST

A link to the screening will be provided upon registration