Life Without Literacy

Award-winning TV journalist shares triumphant story of overcoming childhood illiteracy

TV journalist shares success story of overcoming childhood illiteracy

News, Shelby, Life Without Literacy lunch, Sept. 2015, Byron Pitts
Byron Pitts, Cecilia Abbott, Mayor Annise Parker, Julie Baker Finck. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Life Without Literacy, Maria Bush, Neil Bush
Maria Bush, Neil Bush. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, Life Without Literacy, Nicole Robinson, Rhea Lawson, Lance Menster
Nicole Robinson, Rhea Lawson, Lance Menster.  © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, Life Without Literacy, Janet and Harvin C. Moore
Janet Moore, Harvin C. Moore.  © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, Life Without Literacy lunch, Sept. 2015, Darcy Padgett
Darcy Padgett, Wanda Adams. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Life Without Literacy, Lily and Charles Foster
Lily Foster, Charles Foster. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, Life Without Literacy, Tanya and Reverend Ray Mackey
Tanya Mackey, the Rev. Ray Mackey. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, Life Without Literacy, Carolyn Watson, Jolea Bryant
Carolyn Watson, Jolea Bryant. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, Life Without Literacy, HD Chambers, Laurie Bricker, Greg Meyers
H.D. Chambers, Laurie Bricker, Greg Meyers. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, Life Without Literacy,  Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, Rhonda Skillern-Jones;
Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, Rhonda Skillern-Jones. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, Life Without Literacy lunch, Sept. 2015, Byron Pitts
News, Shelby, Life Without Literacy, Maria Bush, Neil Bush
News, Shelby, Life Without Literacy, Nicole Robinson, Rhea Lawson, Lance Menster
News, Shelby, Life Without Literacy, Janet and Harvin C. Moore
News, Shelby, Life Without Literacy lunch, Sept. 2015, Darcy Padgett
News, Shelby, Life Without Literacy, Lily and Charles Foster
News, Shelby, Life Without Literacy, Tanya and Reverend Ray Mackey
News, Shelby, Life Without Literacy, Carolyn Watson, Jolea Bryant
News, Shelby, Life Without Literacy, HD Chambers, Laurie Bricker, Greg Meyers
News, Shelby, Life Without Literacy,  Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, Rhonda Skillern-Jones;

It was a busy day at the Hilton Americas-Houston when Byron Pitts, Emmy Award-winning journalist and ABC chief national correspondent, told his story of childhood illiteracy before a crowd of supporters of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation.

In addition to Pitts, who chronicled his journey of learning to read only at age 12 and overcoming a debilitating stutter, the program included a host of speakers. Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott, Mayor Annise Parker, the Rev. Ray Mackey, foundation chair Neil Bush and foundation president Julie Baker Finck all pushed home the importance of increasing the literacy rate in Houston. The program included a video following the daily struggle faced by a woman who has a hard time reading.

September is National Literacy Awareness Month and the timing was right for Pitts to encourage everyone to join in the effort by visiting the foundation's volunteer website Connect4Literacy.org.

Supporters included Houston Public Library director Rhea Lawson, Maria Bush, Harvin C. Moore, Wanda Adams, the Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, Rhonda Skillern-Jones, Jim Postl, Rodney Watson, Anna Babin, Carolyn Evans-Shabazz and Lily and Charles Foster.