Sadiyah Malcolm, a 2013 West Catholic Graduate, Gates Millenium Scholar, and current Howard University Student started a literacy initiative this summer titled “Black Girls Lit(eracy)”. The initiative, created to promote literacy amongst Black Girls in Philadelphia, received 397 book donations on a rolling basis throughout the summer of 2017. Attached with each book was a note of encouragement from community members emphasizing the importance of literacy. A portion of the books collected through the Black Girls Lit(eracy) project were donated to social service agencies, a local Church’s women’s ministry, and to the Southwest Police Athletic League Center’s Library. All others were given directly to the young women.
Sadiyah is the Founder of “Sistas Elevating Learning and Healing” (SELaH). Since the organizations inception in 2010 it has sought to foster sisterhood in the city and empower girls through it’s work and commitment to the community, literacy, and the arts. With the support of the community, in the past two years, SELaH has been able to serve over 80 young women in the Philadelphia area through programming, during both the summer and winter academic recesses, with a foremost commitment to increasing literacy, community building and promoting the arts.