Letter from the Executive Director
Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable and debilitating disease. I know this because my sister was diagnosed with it in 2016. The diagnosis has forever changed both of our lives.
Shortly after hearing the news, I returned to Durham, North Carolina to ensure that she was receiving the proper care. Prior to her diagnosis, my sister was an accomplished teacher in Guilford county where she taught special education to a predominantly Medicaid eligible population of African American students at Dudley High School. While her muscles atrophied, her mind remained active and invested in school transformation. By her side, I listened to stories of educational disparities and opportunities to enact significant and sustainable change. Soon, my pursuit of Wall Street lost its luster.
After several edifying discussions with her, and some equally passionate educators, I became consumed by the possibilities and started SuperLit: a nonprofit initiative with aims of advancing the literacy skills of underperforming African American and Latinx students. I envisioned SuperLit as an opportunity to offer high-quality, year-round multi-sensory and data-driven programming that would eliminate the racial-ethnic achievement gap.
Empowering at risk children with the opportunity to publish children’s books and developing a pedagogy for an after school academy that merged Common Core State Standards (CCSS) with entertaining dialogic approaches became our chief concerns. Ensuring that these programs would provide the desired impact proved of equal importance to making certain that both offerings are free to participants.
We applaud the efforts of educators and institutions already entrenched in the fight to eliminate educational disparities, and we sincerely hope to add value to their offerings. We are proud of the parents who are committed to helping their children defy the odds. And to the young minds, who often feel that the system is unfair: We are here to help you realize your dreams despite any obstacles you encounter along the way.
Your Literal Servant,
Executive Director, SuperLit