In his 20-plus years with Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc., Geoffrey Canada has become nationally recognized for his pioneering work helping children and families in Harlem and as a passionate advocate for education reform. Canada joined Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc. (then called the Rheedlen Foundation) in 1983 as its Education Director.

The work of Canada and HCZ has become a national model and has been the subject of many profiles in the media. Their work has been featured on 60 Minutes, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, CBS This Morning, The Charlie Rose Show, and NPR’s “On Point,” as well as articles in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, USA Today, and Newsday. Most recently, Canada is featured in the Davis Guggenheim documentary “Waiting for Superman.”

The National Book Award-winning author Jonathan Kozol has called Canada, “One of the few authentic heroes of New York and one of the best friends children have, or ever will have, in our nation.”

Reading and Beyond 15th Anniversary Celebration

Fresno Convention Center

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Starting at 6:00 PM

Purchase Seats or a Table Sponsorship:


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Seats must be purchased in advance. They will not be available for purchase at the event.

Deadline for purchasing seats is Monday, March 10, 2014.

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