How Long Will I Cry? Headlines 2014 Summer Reading Initiative

A member of the Teen Loft Troupe reading excerpts from How Long Will I Cry?

A member of the Teen Loft Troupe reading excerpts from How Long Will I Cry?

This summer, the Dajae Coleman Foundation (DC3F) selected How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence for its summer reading initiative. The organization hosted various community discussions about the book, and, in partnership with Evanston Public Library's Teen Loft, distributed over 500 free copies of the book to the community.

The summer reading initiative closed on August 9th with an event featuring "How Long Will I Cry?”, a staged reading directed by Jarrett Dapier with stellar performances by the Loft's Teen Troupe. The performance was followed by a raw and insightful discussion with Marcus McAllister of Cure Violence, a non-profit organization that prevents violent events through intervention and mediation.

The Dajae Coleman Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides Evanston’s youth with the opportunity to maximize their potential through offer programs that instill positive values, developing them into men and women of integrity and enhancing their quality of life. DC3F’s summer reading initiative promotes literacy in the community by leading annual book clubs that feature books geared toward young readers.

Director Jarrett Dapier addressing the crowd.

Director Jarrett Dapier addressing the crowd.

DC3F was founded in 2013 to honor the legacy of Dejae A. Coleman, an exceptional young man who tragically lost his life to gun violence at the age of 14.