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The Connecticut Reading Association, Inc. stands in alignment with the International Literacy Association to denounce all unconscionable acts of racially motivated violence and we are speaking out against systemic racism.

As part of our mission, the CRA, Inc. will work to empower educators, inspire students, and encourage our communities to embrace literacy as an essential tool to fight against racism and to aid in developing anti-racist individuals. We are dedicated to the pursuance of equity within classrooms and within the community.

We believe that literacy has the power to heal and transform. Author Ibram X. Kendi wrote, “By not running from the books that pain us, we can allow them to transform us. I ran from antiracist books most of my life. But now I can’t stop running after them — scrutinizing myself and my society, and in the process changing both.”

We, as an organization, commit ourselves to creating professional development opportunities that will help transform both ourselves and our communities. We recognize that it is the responsibility of the CRA, Inc. to work toward a just society, and to share our resources and information to help with this necessary and meaningful work.