Adult Literacy Advocates (ALA) is a Capital Area United Way Community Partner that has provided education programs in the Baton Rouge area since 1966. ALA provides a variety of classes that help our students achieve personal, work and family goals by improving their literacy skills. As a community group, we also seek to increase economic development and the overall quality of life in Greater Baton Rouge through helping others further their education to become more productive, qualified workers, neighbors, friends and family who can contribute to our community.
ALA Statement on Social Justice
Adult Literacy Advocates of Greater Baton Rouge is an organization founded on inclusivity, building strength through knowledge for all who walk through our doors. We will not waver from this mission of inclusion and education. For too many of our students, unjust barriers have resulted in deferred dreams.
For over 50 years, Adult Literacy Advocates has served the Greater Baton Rouge area, providing literacy classes and tutoring to adults of all skill levels, encouraging people of all races, colors, nationalities, religions, sexual orientations, and socio-economic backgrounds to attend.
Incorporated by a group of local church leaders, ALA began in 1966 as an outreach program in the aftermath of the racial desegregation of area schools, with a founding board which was one of the first racially integrated boards in Baton Rouge.
We believe it is important that our students and stakeholders know that we stand ready to combat any system built on inequality, separation, and oppression. Such a system cannot sustain itself and serves to divide our communities instead of uniting them.
Silence is not an option. ALA is placing a call for action. The social and economic injustices endured by people of color must end – now. ALA stands in solidarity with those seeking social justice and change. We join our African American community in demanding real change in the hearts and minds of our nation and its leaders so that there may truly be justice and equal opportunity for all.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
*unanimously adopted by the ALA Board of Directors, July 28, 2020
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ALA celebrates Black History Month 2021 by remembering the contributions of African-Americans to the fabric of our nation, state, and city, and helping to educate our students about those individuals and their place in history.