Founder of ReadToFreedom.com and its merchandise is author and content creator Mirika Mayo Cornelius, who is also co-founder of Akirim Press publishing house. Having grown up reading many books, she knows the importance of reading and how it leads to freedom, both intellectually and creatively. She was also aware of how the past laws of America prevented black people from reading and becoming educated. These laws were called anti-literacy laws, and if a black person was caught learning anything in a book or becoming educated, they were hurt and/or convicted.
Because of this knowledge, Mirika wanted to honor those who fought and died as they stood against anti-literacy laws. At the same time, she wanted to promote literacy to the young and old and have the public participate in doing so as well through the Read To Freedom apparel line and merchandise.
Giving back is an important mission as well as 50% of all proceeds will benefit the promotion of literacy in schools and for children as they learn that Reading is Freedom!