The Conscious Connect & Barbershop Books

With a common approach of recreating community spaces into literacy spots,  The Conscious Connect and Barbershop Books bring books into urban communities. Founded by Karlos L. Marshall and Moses B. Mbeseha, The Conscious Connect works to reimagine and redevelop underutilized spaces for the purposes of education, culture, health, and peace — so that zip codes do not define the success of children, youth, and families. Created by former teacher Alvin Irby, Barbershop Boys works to help Black boys ages 4-8 to identify as readers by connecting fun books to a male-centered space and by involving Black men in boys' early reading experiences.


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