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2012 Face of Literacy Award


To help celebrate the 2011 Literacy Partners Gala, TV personalities and authors Whoopi Goldberg and Katie Couric, and bestselling authors Michael Connelly and Stacy Schiff read aloud from their own works.  Photo by:  Patrick McMullan

To help celebrate the 2011 Literacy Partners Gala, TV personalities and authors Whoopi Goldberg and Katie Couric, and bestselling authors Michael Connelly and Stacy Schiff read aloud from their own works.  Photo by:  Patrick McMullan


Literacy Partners Honors
Golden Globe-Winning Film,"The Help"
As Recipient of the 2012
Face of Literacy Award

New York City's only nationally accredited adult literacy program will recognize the film's director, screenwriter and executive producer Tate Taylor for bringing this story of social justice and empowerment to the big screen

New York, NY -  Literacy Partners will present Tate Taylor, screenwriter, director and executive producer of "The Help," with the Third Annual Face of Literacy Award, in person, at its Annual Gala and Evening of Readings on May 21, 2012 in New York City.

Founded in 2009, the Face of Literacy Award recognizes a filmmaker who has used his or her talents to bring awareness to the challenges faced by our adult students in overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds to better themselves through education. Past recipients of the Literacy Partners Face of Literacy Award include Stephen Daldry for "The Reader" and Tom Hooper for
"The King's Speech."

Literacy Partners selected Taylor and "The Help" for this year's Face of Literacy award based on the enormous impact of the film and how it has inspired people around the world. In fact, the film is already being recognized for its excellence, with Octavia Spencer ("Minny") taking home the Golden Globe trophy for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama. "The Help," based on the best-selling novel by Kathryn Stockett, tells the story of three extraordinary women who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules.

"There is a remarkably strong connection between the personal strength and empowerment Minny and Aibileen experience when they share their stories and the increased self-confidence and esteem our students experience when they are able to share their own personal journeys," explains Literacy Partners Executive Director, Susan A. McLean.

"I learned many of life's lessons from the African American domestic who co-raised me with my single mother," explained Taylor. "She later went on to obtain her GED and learn computer skills at night school and now works at a law firm. Her courage, strength and love is what drew me to the character of Aibileen in "The Help." Aibileen, Minny and Skeeter used this same kind of strength to teach each other. We as humans should never judge someone's ability to teach or lead based on their level of education, but rather encourage those we love to educate themselves so they can share their own stories."

Literacy Partners Board Member, Face of Literacy Award Chair and award winning filmmaker Jeffrey Sharp states, "The very definition of literacy is evolving every day with the proliferation of film and video across all screens and reading devices. Film is an incredibly compelling medium and we are thrilled that The Face of Literacy Award has now become an established part of our Evening of Readings and that filmmakers are joining our esteemed authors in the celebration of literacy."

For more information on the event, which will be held on May 21, 2012 at JAZZ at Lincoln Center, or to purchase tickets, please contact Buckley Hall Events at 914-597-1000

About Literacy Partners

For nearly 40 years, Literacy Partners has helped thousands of New Yorkers learn the basic reading, writing and math skills needed to succeed in day-to-day living. Through successful collaborations with major corporations, community partners and benefactors, Literacy Partners offers small, welcoming classes taught by credentialed teachers, supported by enthusiastic, highly trained, volunteer tutors. Literacy Partners, founded by Liz Smith, Arnold Scassi and Parker Ladd, is New York City's only nationally accredited adult literacy program. For more information, visit .

About Tate Taylor

Tate Taylor was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Mississippi. After spending time in New York, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his film career.

In 2004, Taylor made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed short film "Chicken Party", which he wrote, directed and starred. "Chicken Party" went on to win eight festivals and placed at twelve more.

"Pretty Ugly People" was Taylor's first feature-length film, which was released theatrically in the fall of 2009. Written and directed by Taylor, this dark comedy presented a complicated shooting schedule and ensemble cast, which gained Taylor further notoriety as a director and writer to watch. As an actor, Taylor has a long history of creating outstanding performances and was most recently seen in the 2010 Sundance "Grand Jury" Prize-winning feature, "Winter's Bone"

Taylor has established a mentoring program based in Mississippi with Kathryn Stockett, author of "The Help," that provides creative and structural mentoring for writers and filmmakers. Taylor served as director, executive producer and screenwriter of "The Help" which was nominated for five Golden Globes, including
Best Picture.

Tate was most recently nominated for "Best Adaptation" of
 "The Help" by the Writer's Guild of America.

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