The H.E.L.P Project Network will hold its first annual Literacy Celebration Day at Johnson C. Smith University on Sunday, May 30, from noon to 7 p.m.

The purpose is to raise awareness to the importance of literacy, beginning at an early age.

Slated activities include: workshops on SAT prep and college readiness, grooming techniques, self esteem building, mentor matching, panel discussions, and entertainers. Parents and teens will discuss the state of hip-hop and the effect its message is having on different sectors of the community. The day will culminate with a talent show.

Invited guests include Patrick Graham, president/CEO of the Urban League of Central Carolinas; Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and a host of other elected officials and local entertainers.

The talent show will be hosted by special celebrity guest judges.

For more information about participating in the talent show, call Shannon McKnight at 704.605.2136 or email Talent Show is open to 6th through 12 graders only. For vendor space, please call Lance Ferrell at 404.735.9180 or email

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