We hope this film does two things. First, we want to inform the American public about the scourge of illiteracy in the United States. It is very real. It is misunderstood. The late Dr. Maya Angelou recounted, "My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors." Illiteracy rarely results from a lack of intelligence. It is hardly ever caused by the person's lack of desire to read or effort to learn.
Second, we want to allow some who cannot read to tell their stories. Dr. Angelou noted, "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." We hope this film allows our guests to ease the agony of their illiteracy just a little. We hope they're tellings will make us all a little less ignorant, a little more understanding, and somewhat more committed to helping those in need.