Our 2024 Let Me Read You Your Rights Campaign begins with a commitment on Justice Sunday, a start on MLK Day, and continues through Read Across America Day.
Civic literacy goes beyond basic knowledge of government structures and processes. It involves understanding the rights, responsibilities, and values that underpin a democratic society. Students with civic literacy grasp the significance of active citizenship, civil rights, social justice, and ethical decision-making. They develop a sense of belonging, ownership, and agency in their communities, inspiring them to contribute to positive change.
OUR SERVICE CHALLENGE
Beginning Justice Sunday, January 14, 2024, and continuing through Read Across America Day, March 2, 2024, Kansas branches of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will partner with the National Alliance of Faith and Justice (NAFJ) PEN OR PENCIL National Mentoring Initiative and the 400 Years of African American History Commission (400 YAAHC) to stage opportunities for students to read the first ten Articles of the Constitution (the Bill of Rights) to officers.
WHAT IF we are given a chance to read rights to law enforcement officers?
1.Identity an officer and a day and time to connect.
2.YOUTH ASKS, “May I Read You Your Rights?”
3.OFFICER RESPONDS, “Yes, you may.”
4.Read the first 10 Articles of the Constitution to the officer (known as The Bill of Rights).
5.At the end of the reading, ask the officer to sign a form confirming he/she has heard and understood their rights.