The Central State University College of Education has partnered with Brown Hands Literacy for the red-carpet movie premiere of Brown Hands, Black Schools: HBCUs. This animation/live-action film is adapted from the popular children's book of the same name, and follows the adventures of Ari and Walter as they visit their cousin's HBCU for Homecoming. Along with exploring the richness of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, this film highlights the importance of literacy (Think Reading Rainbow meets HBCU culture). The executive producer of the film, Latoya Turner, is a longtime educator and believes that connecting her love for literacy and the excitement of HBCUs will help close the literacy gap and inspire kids to attend college.
The premiere will take place on Saturday, December 2nd, 2023, from 2-4 p.m. in the Joshua I Smith Center for Education and Natural Sciences Auditorium on the main campus of Central State University in Wilberforce Ohio. Along with viewing the film, guests will have an opportunity to meet the cast, participate in a Q&A with the producers, walk the red carpet and receive giveaways focused on literacy. Invited guests include representatives from the Ohio Department of Education, local government officials, area school administrators, and members of the Central State University Royal Court. The event is free and open to the community.