The Richmond Register

February 22, 2013

EKU book drive to benefit MLK Academy in Memphis


Special to the Register

RICHMOND — Eastern Kentucky University’s African/ African American Studies program is hosting a book drive through March 8 to benefit the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy in Memphis, Tenn.

The academy is an alternative school for at-risk youth in grades 6-12.

In 2011, a group of Eastern students visited the academy and donated enough books to begin the school’s library. Salome Nnoromele, director of EKU’s African/ African-American Studies program, said, “We want to collect more books to help build MLK Jr. Academy’s library to enrich the lives of their students, providing them with opportunities they would otherwise not have.”

Books suitable for donation include new and used fiction, non-fiction, self-improvement books, African-American heritage books and others appropriate for grades 6-12.

Books can be donated at the Powell Building corner on Feb. 27 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. or anytime at the AFA office in Miller Building Room 110. For book pickup, call the AFA office at 622-1299.