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“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.
In place of the annual Day of Service at UC Books to Prisoners, the community is invited to act out interrelatedness with incarcerated people in honor of Dr. King and his legacy by participating in the MLK Day Freedom Book Drive.
UC Books to Prisoners has been sending books to Illinois prisoners in response to their written requests for 15 years. This organization is able to do this because of the great generosity of the community that donates books for this purpose. This MLK Day Freedom Book Drive is a call for books specifically about black freedom struggles and movements and leaders, African American art, culture, politics, and literature. This is a very common book request by incarcerated people and there are seldom enough books to meet demand.
Collecting or shopping for these books provides an opportunity for families, groups, churches, clubs, etc., to discover recent and classic titles for all reading levels, to share book recommendations with each other and New Year’s resolutions to read and discuss them together. Books Change Lives.
Need ideas? Check out our MLK Day Amazon Wish List.
Curbside Donation Drop off: This group has made a safe and easy way for you to drop off books: use the circle drive in front of the Independent Media Center between 1 and 3 pm on January 18. Stay in your car–they will do the rest!
Can’t make it in person?
You can use our MLK Day Amazon Wish List to buy books online. Books on the list, whether new or used, will be sent directly to UC Books to Prisoners.
Please note: when buying used books, they can only use books in “very good” condition. Paperback is always preferred but they accept hardcover, too.
Questions? Ask Rachel (event coordinator) at rcras1958gmail.com, or call us at 708-782-4608