TyRone “Hollywood” Brown, a former Harlem Globetrotter, was a national spokesperson for the National Education Association (NEA) national children’s reading program launched by NEA’s Emergency Commission on Urban Children in 1997. During 1997 and 1998, “Hollywood” conducted “read-ins” with children in local urban communities across the country and spoke to major national organizations such as NAACP, National Urban League, and National Council of LaRaza on the importance of having every child reading by third grade.
In addition to reading to children and talking to them about their interests and dreams, he entertained the kids through his basketball skills and made reading fun. Because of the success of the program, NEA took the “read-in” idea nationally and created Read Across America, the largest reading initiative in the country.
TyRone travels to 150 schools across the nation sharing his personal story and giving children a plan for setting goals and achieving them. He wrote this book to reach out to the 100,000+ plus schools he cannot visit each year. He said, “Between elementary and middle schools there are over 100,000 schools across the country. I cannot get to each of the schools to share my story; so, writing this book allows me to cover more ground and reach more children.”
A Piece of Paper was launched by Raleigh, NC-based Peak City Publishing at the Savannah Children’s Book Festival in Forsythe Park on November 10, 2012.
TyRone is a hard worker, lifelong dreamer, and positive thinker. As an ambassador of the P.R.O. Kids organization, he helps young people across the nation achieve their dreams.
We want to hear from you. If you would like to purchase this book or have us appear at your school, please contact the P.R.O. Kids office at 888-201-9959.