September 8 is International Literacy Day

September 10, 2017 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: journalism, news.


September 8 is International Literacy Day, designated so by the United Nations. There are still too many people in the world who cannot read, and two-thirds of them are women. This year’s theme is Literacy in a Digital World.

“The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”

This quotation is often ascribed to Mark Twain. It sounds like something he would write, but there is no evidence that he did. Those who investigate these things cannot find a single source for the quotation or the idea.

The truth of the quotation, however, is self-evident.

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