Birmingham Literacy Day event leads to big book donation from United Way of Central AL

This post originally appeared in partnership with Bham Now.

Corey Green (Regions) and JMDLS Co. Chair make book presentation to Katrina Watson, President, and Executive Director of The Literacy Council of Central Alabama. (Bham Now)

March is Literacy Month and United Way of Central Alabama’s affinity group, the J. Mason Davis Leadership Society (JMDLS), teamed up with the Birmingham Squadron and other local organizations in The Magic City’s inaugural Literacy Day event.

In honor of Literacy Month, local organizations decided to encourage kids to read in an exciting way. The Birmingham Squadron collaborated with I See Me, Inc. to assist in their mission to promote reading through “Battle of the Books”, reading content that challenged Birmingham-area schools to see who could read the most books in one month.

UWCA’s J. Mason Davis Leadership Society donated over 250 books to the Literacy Council of Central Alabama.

An affinity group of United Way of Central Alabama the group is named after J. Mason Davis, an exemplary Birmingham attorney and champion of diversity and opportunities for all. He was also United Way’s first Black board chairman.

JMDLS brings together young African American changemakers who champion diversity and opportunity and strive to positively impact the community through a shared affinity for philanthropy, volunteerism, and advocacy.

Because members of the JMDLS know how important reading is to children’s education, they held a book drive for JMDLS members and locals alike. People donated by delivering books to United Way of Central Alabama and ordering books online.

For more on United Way of Central Alabama and their impact on the Greater Birmingham Area, visit their website at  and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

For more information: Samuetta Nesbitt, Sr. VP Public Relations 205.613.6373