Dreamville Foundation Young Men Book Club X DTLR

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DTLR Book Club for Boys was established in 2005 with the objective to encourage young African American males to read more. The expectation was that this would increase their interest in reading, broaden their horizons, and increase their reading and comprehension skills. The book club was hosted in six cities across America with the support of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.

In 2012, The Dreamville Foundation collaborated with DTLR to expand the book club, introducing it to Fayetteville, N.C. The book club had been extremely success with participation from two high- schools in the Cumberland County School District, Westover and EE Smith. The book clubs meet four times each school year to discuss the books they’ve read, with J. Cole present at most meetings physically or via Skype.

He’s continued to stress the importance of reading to these young men, as well as, his own budding passion for reading, sharing literature he’s currently reading. The literature read by the students aren’t your on your traditional school reading lists. The books are chosen to keep the young men engaged and to spark outside of the box thinking, such as, The Rose that Grew from Concrete, by Tupac Shakur and Enders Game by Orson Scott Card.