Monday, September 14, 2009
– Gretchen Wilson will be honored by The National Coalition for Literacy and the Center for the Book with a 2009 NCL Literacy Leadership Award at a reception at the Library of Congress on Wednesday, Sept. 16.
The awards, which will also honor two political figures, two advocacy groups and a literacy activist, recognize individuals and/or organizations that have made major contributions to improving literacy and raising awareness of the adult literacy and English language learning needs in the U.S.
Wilson gained publicity after getting a GED high school diploma last year. She also testified to Congress about education.
"People need the tools to succeed in America, and, at the very minimum, a major tool on the road to success is a high school diploma or GED. All Americans deserve a basic education so that they can take advantage of opportunities otherwise not open to them," Wilson told a Congressional subcommittee earlier this spring.
Wilson spotlighted funding needs of adult education programs and the adults on waiting lists hoping to further their education. Wilson will be at the Library of Congress to receive her award in person.
Also being recognized are Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, Dorcas Place, a Providence, R.I. program helping low-in come adults, Home Safety Council, a national organization devoted to making home safety information accessible to all Americans, and Calvin Miles, an advocate of adult learners.