Jackson Center To Host Young Readers Program On May 15

The Robert H. Jackson Center will bring Dr. Allida Black to address area students and educators through its 14th annual Young Readers program on Tuesday, May 15.

Black will speak twice, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St., Jamestown. Both presentations are free and pre-registration is required. Donations to the Jackson Center annual fund will be accepted.

Black is a research professor of history and international affairs at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and founder of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project. Her remarks will focus on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, child labor laws and the novel “Lyddie” by Katherine Paterson. Black will also discuss the significance of Eleanor Roosevelt’s 1963 book, “Tomorrow Is Now: It Is Today That We Must Create the World of the Future,” re-released in 2012 with an introduction written by Dr. Black. The programs are intended for and will be particularly relevant to middle and high school students, many of whom have read or will read “Lyddie” as part of New York State’s Common Core Curriculum.

Register online at www.roberthjackson.org/event/2018-young-readers-program-with-dr-allida-black by Tuesday. Seating is limited. Visit the Jackson Center website for program details and call the Jackson Center at 483-6646 with any questions.

In conjunction with this year’s Young Readers program, the Jackson Center sponsored an essay contest for New York and Pennsylvania students in sixth through 12th grades. Students addressed the question: “How have child labor laws affected society?” and were encouraged to use descriptive, illustrative, and point of view styles in their submissions. The 37 entries received were evaluated through a “blind review” conducted by a select group of public school educators and honors students who volunteered for the task. Four essays were chosen for specific recognition: two from high school students and two from middle school students. Following Dr. Black’s presentations at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, these four students, their families, and teachers will have an opportunity to spend time in person with Dr. Black at the Jackson Center while she is in Jamestown for the Young Readers program.

The Young Readers program is made possible by Jackson Center annual fund donors and support received from the following sponsors as of April 30: Ahlstrom Schaeffer Electric Corp., Double A Vineyards, Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, Evans Discount Wine and Liquor Inc., and Hope’s Windows.