Blue Ridge Literacy Council joins our national literacy organization, ProLiteracy, in the following statement: “We believe not only in the right to education but also equal opportunities, liberties, and protection under the law. We stand in solidarity against bigotry, racism and hatred.”
Our mission at BRLC is to transform lives by cultivating literacy skills that promote economic and social success. Our daily work is to break down systemic and individual barriers to education through respectful partnership with adult learners and their families, no matter their race or culture.
The majority of the adult learners and youth we accompany experience physical or emotional trauma daily, whether from an inability to read, not having enough to eat, fear of prejudice in the community, or now, fear of losing a low-income job or facing infection in an important job in essential industries.
As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” At BRLC, the light and love we bring to our whole community is to make a bridge between those who have had the privilege of education and those who haven’t yet. We build relationships across race, culture, and privilege, and we see that as the foundation for a healthy and just community.