FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2021
49ERS DONATE OVER 2,000 BOOKS THROUGH READ FOR JUSTICE PROGRAM
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, over 2,000 second and third grade students from San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) received a copy of the book What If We Were All The Same! by C.M. Harris as part of the 49ers Read for Justice program. Purchased by the 49ers from the Multicultural Bookstore, in Richmond, Calif., the book demonstrates the importance of diversity and unity as part of the Read for Justice program’s aims to encourage literacy and educate children about diversity, equity and inclusion at an early age while supporting black-owned businesses and authors of color.
DL Arik Armstead read the book aloud to a second-grade class from Cesar Chavez Elementary School in San Francisco and was joined by the author and bookstore owner, Tamara Shiloh, followed by a group discussion. The 2,000 SFUSD students who received the books and a Read for Justice bookmark this week will view and discuss the read-aloud with their classes.
A native of Sacramento, Calif., Armstead is passionate about working with youth and launched the Armstead Academic Project, which works to ensure all students have access to a quality education. For his tireless philanthropic work, Armstead was named the 49ers 2020 Walter Payton Man of the Year Nominee and was also chosen as the Week 10 NFLPA Community MVP.