Carolina Bay was honored to host the Cape Fear Literacy Council’s dress rehearsal performance of the “Path To Freedom” on June 17th. A cast of 11 gave a readers’ theater presentation of the relationship between George Washington and his slave William (Billy) Lee, whom most of us have seen depicted in a famous painting of their crossing the Delaware during the American Revolution. The compelling story of how Lee finally gained his freedom was told from the slave’s point of view. The actual Reader’s performance took place on June 25 at the Literary Council’s Annual Meeting.
The readers are all participants in the Cape Fear Literacy Council’s reading programs. The Literacy Council started 34 years ago because there were over 60,000 adults with low literacy skills in the Cape Fear Area. It serves beginners through those who want to improve their reading and listening skills. They also teach English as a second language and help those studying for the GED, learning computer and math skills, and preparing for the US Citizenship exam. There are 169 volunteer tutors working with these students and they currently hold 85 classes. Volunteers also help with tutoring, mailings, fundraising and community service projects. If you are interested in helping out, check out their website or just give them a call at 910-251-0911.