The Capital Area Adult Literacy Council's center is always looking for volunteers to bring the power of literacy to more students.
Several times a year, the center trains new volunteers in the literacy programs offered by CAALC. Volunteers' efforts are supported by a wealth of resources at the center:
If you would like to help continue our literacy work in a different way, such as contributing books or study items, please contact us.
A new home for the CAALC Center
From 1985, CAALC operated out of a set of rooms located at the St. Jude Catholic Church. Now the program has a new home at Troy University on Montgomery Street in downtown Montgomery. The CAALC office is on the third floor of Whitley Hall, located next to the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. Students receive tutoring at the Rosa Parks Library across the street at 252 Montgomery Street.
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for disorderly conduct after refusing to give up her seat in the colored section of a Montgomery bus to a white man. Four days later, Mrs. Parks was found guilty and fined, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott began. Over a year later, segregation of bus services was declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court.
In 1987, Mrs. Parks co-founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development with Elaine Steele and worked with young people to help them achieve their highest potential. In the spirit of Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development, CAALC aims to help adults achieve their full potential by helping them gain the power of literacy to improve their lives.
On April 22, 1998, groundbreaking began on the Troy University Rosa Parks Library and Museum. Exactly fifty-five years after Mrs. Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, she returned to Montgomery on December 1, 2000 for the dedication ceremony and grand opening of the Rosa Parks Library and Museum located on the spot she was arrested.
With generous permission of Troy University, Whitley Hall now accommodates the office of CAALC which operates adult literacy tutoring sessions out of the Rosa Parks Library, allowing CAALC to continue its mission and honor Mrs. Parks’ successes in bringing equality, pride and dignity to every member of the community.
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Giving the Power of Literacy