Congratulations To Sidney Keys III – The Founder Of ‘BooksNBros LLC’

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Congratulations to 11-year-old Sidney Keys III on creating a reading club that promotes literacy among young Black boys.

If Sidney took you on a tour of his school library, you’d probably find a limited amount of books that feature African American authors and characters. However, Sidney did not allow the lack of representation and literacy promotion to stifle his passion for reading.

As a matter of fact, it drove him to start his very own book club, called “Books N Bros” (@booksnbrosllc). Sidney’s idea was solidified after his first visit to Missouri’s University City bookstore, “EyeSeeMe”, where his mother recorded a Facebook video of him reading.

The video went on to receive more than 62,000 views. Sidney’s mom, Winnie Caldwell said of the visit turned inspirational video: “He hadn’t seen [a bookstore] like that before and I certainly never had, so he was making himself comfortable on the floor, reading a book… When you get to a point when he is 11-years-old and it was so shocking for him to relate to someone on the cover in a positive aspect rather than it be some negative urban story we see a lot. I would like to make sure he sees himself in being whatever he can be.”

Congratulations to 11-year-old Sidney Keys III on creating a reading club that promotes literacy among young Black boys. If Sidney took you on a tour of his school library, you'd probably find a limited amount of books that feature African American authors and characters. However, Sidney did not allow the lack of representation and literacy promotion to stifle his passion for reading. As a matter of fact, it drove him to start his very own book club, called "Books N Bros" (@booksnbrosllc). Sidney's idea was solidified after his first visit to Missouri’s University City bookstore, "EyeSeeMe", where his mother recorded a Facebook video of him reading. The video went on to receive more than 62,000 views. Sidney's mom, Winnie Caldwell said of the visit turned inspirational video: “He hadn’t seen [a bookstore] like that before and I certainly never had, so he was making himself comfortable on the floor, reading a book… When you get to a point when he is 11-years-old and it was so shocking for him to relate to someone on the cover in a positive aspect rather than it be some negative urban story we see a lot. I would like to make sure he sees himself in being whatever he can be." Click the link in our profile to read full story. #blackexcellence#becauseofthemwecan

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