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January 05, 2009

Learning To Read

People who don't know how to read are often good at hiding it, but the numbers are high. In Durham, N.C., where Kiasha and Lucy Collins live, as many as 24% of city residents read below basic levels.

Kiasha made it all the way to 11th grade without learning how to read. After her children were born, she realized illiteracy was the biggest hurdle she and her family faced. She began attending reading classes, and a short time later, inspired her 68-year-old grandmother Lucy to join her. The two women talk to Dick Gordon about what it's like to ride the bus, sign a lease, and give medicine to children without knowing how to read. And they talk about how learning to read could impact every generation in their family.

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