In an effort to boost youth literacy, The Salvation Army of Durham has partnered with The Blk Originals, a community group rooted in North Carolina "curating the BLK experience for BLK athletes, creatives and entrepreneurs."
The most recent project of the two groups embraces the idea of celebrating Black stories and Black authors by placing a community library (pictured) outside of The Salvation Army of Durham Boys & Girls Club gymnasium entrance.
"This was the perfect spot for the library as our gym is a melting pot for all people in the community. Whether you are a parent picking up your child from Summer Camp, a Boys & Girls Club member, a teen hooping, church go-er, volunteer or employee. Hundreds of people pass by this spot on a weekly basis." said Joshua Dorsette, Executive Director of The Boys & Girls Club and Durham resident.
The library, donated by The Blk Originals, features all Black authors and books for people of all ages and walks of life. It also encourages active exchange of books and the door of the library reads: "This is a community library. Take a book, leave a book."
This project is only step one in the collaboration of The Salvation Army and The Blk Originals. They have a full program coming up, so continue to be on the lookout for what is to come.
Social handles: @THEBLKORIGINALS @SALARMYDURHAMNC