Mitchellville, MD (PRWEB) July 14, 2006
Khepera Center for Expression & Social Change Senior Fellow and best-selling author Eric Christopher Webb was recently elected president of the board of directors for the Literacy Council of Prince George’s County, MD.
The 43-year-old organization’s board unanimously elected Webb, who has been a board member since November 2003, the author of four books, including the National Black Authors’ Tour bestseller, Love Letters, Death Threats & Suicide Notes, a former Washington News Correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and publisher of SOULS magazine.
“As a writer and educator, illiteracy is an issue that is very personal to me,” said Webb, who also develops and directs educational programs as well as organizational outreach efforts for the Khepera Center, a paradigm-shifting for-profit institution employing creative empowerment to assists schools, community-based organizations, non-profit organizations and government agencies to build capacity and to also increase their effectiveness as potential social change agents. “As president of the Literacy Council board, I will be looking to find synergies and create partnerships with national groups that address social issues that either cause or are caused by illiteracy to make what we do more systemic.”
According to national statistics, those with low literacy skills are often more likely to be poor, unemployed and incarcerated. Currently, more than 148,000 adults are in need of either basic literacy skills or continuing education equivalent to a high school diploma in the county alone.
The Literacy Council, which is the primary non-profit organization for the implementation of literacy programs in the county, provides tutors for adult learners to acquire essential reading, writing, and comprehension skills, assisting hundreds of individuals each year in gaining independence and the realization of their full potential as contributing members of their family and community. Other newly elected board officers include: Erica Kennedy, vice president, Andrianna Stuart, treasurer, and Marie Bolt, secretary.
“Eric’s dedication to social change and empowerment is without question,” said Reggie Smith, a member of the Khepera Center’s national board of advisors and the first African American to be elected to the national board of directors for the United States Distance Learning Association. “He will undoubtedly be an asset to the leadership of the Literacy Council board.”
Webb, 37, is also an adjunct associate professor of English at Prince George’s Community College, teaching at the Graduate School, USDA, the Alternative Learning Institute, Temple University, PASCEP and serving on the national boards of the Khepera Center, the National Black Authors’ Tour, the newly-formed National Association of Black Writers and the research board of advisors for the American Biographical Institute.
Listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Who’s Who Among Writers, Editors and Poets, Who’s Who In Poetry and Poets Encyclopedia, the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership and Outstanding Young Men of America, he received his bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism from Lincoln University, PA with graduate studies at Howard University and fellowships from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps of Journalism, The Freedom Forum and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education’s Institutes for Writing, Reading & Civic Education and the Media and American Democracy.
He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Prince Hall Masons & Shriners.
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