of M Professor Receives Harold Love Community Service Award
release: April 26, 2004
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University of Memphis professor who has worked to improve
literacy among youths in under-served communities has received
the Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award. Dr. Jerrie
C. Scott, a professor of instruction and curriculum leadership
in the College of Education, received the honor from the Tennessee
Higher Education Commission.
award recognizes outstanding community service performed at
the campus level by faculty, staff members, or students. Five
students and five faculty/staff members are selected to receive
the $1,000 award.
is founder and national director of the African-American Read-In
Chain, which began as a nationwide read-in the first Sunday
in February 1989. Activities can be as simple as bringing
together family members to share a book or as elaborate as
organizing public readings featuring African-American writers.
The event has become a national tradition with more than a
million participants during Black History Month celebrations
in 48 states and Africa, Australia and Germany.
recently helped launch another literacy program, Boys Booked
on Barbershops (B-BOB). This community-based literacy program
provides children with reading opportunities during visits
to neighborhood barber shops.
joined the U of M in 1996 as director of the Office of Diversity
and served in that position until 1999. She also has been
dean of the College of Education and a professor and director
of the Center for Studies of Urban Literacy at Central State
University in Wilberforce, Ohio.
graduate of the University of Toledo, she earned master's
and doctoral degrees in linguistics from the University of
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