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Oak Park Kid’s Antiracism Reading Effort Includes Buying From Maywood’s Black-Owned Bookstore

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 || By Stacey Sheridan/Wednesday Journal || @maywoodnews 

Ten-year-old Lauren Burns has embarked on an endeavor in order to increase the availability of antiracist children’s books and books penned by Black authors.

Using donated funds to purchase the reading materials, Burns will stock up Little Free Libraries across Oak Park in an effort to encourage empathy and understanding. And she’s choosing to patronize independent bookshops, including AfriWare Books, 1701 S. 1st Ave. (Suite 400) in Maywood.

Burns said she wants “to help not just the community, but the world know about how unfairly people are being treated.”

Burns has set up a GoFundMe to purchase the books and started a blog to document her progress. She has amassed $1,140 through her internet campaign, far surpassing her original goal of $500. Her friends have rallied around her to help.

Lauren Burns, 10, wants to increase the availability of antiracist books in her hometown of Oak Park and she’s been buying from independent shops like Maywood’s AfriWare Books. | Alex Rogals 

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