The Literacy Imperative®
A national faith based not for profit initiative providing books and other tools of literacy to underserved communities.
“Plaudits for The Literacy Imperative. The concept is part bookstore, part office complex, artist space and beacon available to serve families in East Knoxville and beyond.”
-Editor, Knoxville News Sentinel
In 2001, God blessed Mount Zion Baptist Church-Knoxville, TN, with a gift of 20,000 books; a warehouse; and a vision of literacy for underserved communities. The vision has become a reality. Our goal is to share the vision with our nation and the global community.
The Literacy Imperative® (TLI) is that vision. It is a national faith-based not for profit tax-exempt literacy and social enterprise initiative whose primary mission is to address literacy in underserved communities, one of the most challenging issues of our time. TLI commitment to the underserved community is…
A beginning library for every home
A center of literacy for every community
The Literacy Imperative® develops faith centered ventures for nationwide expansion such as:
- Family Library™ Project launched in 2004, provide beginning libraries for the homes of families in affordable housing programs such as Habitat for Humanity (learn more).
- Center of Literacy & Enterprise™ (CLE) launched in 2003 provide literacy and social enterprise centers for underserved communities in the inner city and rural areas (learn more)
Donate to The Literacy Imperative’s nationwide effort to address literacy in underserved communities
The Literacy Imperative®, Inc. is a national faith-based nonprofit 501 (c) 3 tax exempt literacy and social enterprise organization. The Center of Literacy & Enterprise™ and Family Library™ are trademarks of The Literacy Imperative®, Inc. The Literacy Imperative® is an Outreach Ministry of Mount Zion Baptist Church of Knoxville, Tennessee.