October 15, 2014 - 10:21pm
All Syracuse young children to receive books every month.

With the support of the city of Syracuse, the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County received $50,000 from the Common Council on Monday to expand a childhood literacy program. The coalition’s executive director Ginny Carmody said this has been the goal of the program since its inception four years ago.

“We’ve always wanted to provide books to every child in the city,” she said.

September 27, 2010 - 10:54pm
Singer Flossie Turner Lewis tells about overcoming poverty, illiteracy and racism in the South.

Flossie Turner Lewis started earning a living when she was just two years old. Dressed up in a satin evening gown, an up-do hairstyle and lots of makeup, she earned a spot singing and performing in carnival and minstrel shows with her family. She was dubbed "Little Hot Mama."