2023 Summer Reading Initiative
WC Magazine participates in this initiative as a collaboration with summer reading program founder Marjorie C. McIver and a host of educators and community leaders connected to the Gullah Geechee community.
A Glimpse Inside Harriet Tubman: Life and Legacy Summer Readings
The summer reading selections for both the 7-12 & 13-18 age groups are As I Travel Along: The Story of Harriet Tubman and John Bowley or Harriet Tubman and John Bowley's Most Excellent Adventure, both written by Steve Williams. Participants in the 7-12 year old age group will choose one of the two selections for their assignments and final project. The 13-18 year old age group will read Harriet Tubman and John Bowley's Excellent Adventure.
Amazon Book Description: As I Travel Along is the daring story of the first person Harriet Tubman rescued on her famed Underground Railroad and how he returned to Georgetown, South Carolina years later to lead his people.
Goodreads Book Description: Harriet Tubman and John Bowley's Excellent Adventure introduces children to the true story of the daring escape that Harriet Tubman and John Bowley successfully devised to free their family from an auction block in Maryland in 1850. It was Tubman's first attempt to rescue anyone from the harsh conditions of human bondage. Kessiah Bowley, John Bowley's (a free Black) bound wife, was the accepted "sister" of Harriet Tubman. After Tubman escaped enslavement in 1849, she vowed to help other to be free too - especially her family. Harriet Tubman and John Bowley, a master seaman, concocted a dangerous scheme to free Kessiah and her children off an auction block in front of hundreds of potential slave buyers. Seventeen years later, one of the John and Kessiah's children came to Georgetown, S.C., and continued the legacy of helping to improve the lives of newly freed black Americans.
Each group will complete assignments created for their ages and a final presentation. Participants will receive a packet of information with details about the required work and related activities.
Who Can Participate?
Open to Youth Ages 7—18
You must register through this website to reserve your virtual seat in the summer program (required)
What Will We Do?
Participants will read and discuss the books with family & mentors and complete a reading-based project, which must include spoken, written, and digital components.
How Long is the Program?
The program runs until late July/early August via Zoom. Participants will receive a certificate of completion and a monetary award for their commitment to literacy enrichment.