What started as a simple letter to a publisher requesting books, has manifested into an organization that delivers non-fiction and fiction book packages to incarcerated individuals. Books Through Bars will be turning 25 in 2015, but we are honoring them today for their inspiring work. The process of delivering the books to people engages the community, and appeals to an under-recognized desire to read (learn). Although the focus of this organization is not Black people particularly – it appeals to a diverse population – we understand that fiction (To Kill a Mocking Bird, A Lesson Before Dying, Monster) and non-fiction (The New Jim Crow) all show how the criminal justice system has disadvantaged many people of color. This organization does not remedy any political injustices, but it draws attention to the human needs of the persons who have been sentenced time in jail and prison.
Read more about their work at this link: http://booksthroughbars.org/about/history/