In celebration of Black History Month, Cartoon Network will release Drawn to Making it Happen on February 6, 2021. The latest installment of the Drawn To series features Sidney Keys III.
Sidney Keys III is a 15-year-old rising entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Books n Bros, an African American literature book club for male youth ages 7-13 years old. Key’s advocacy involves focusing on promoting literacy among young Black boys and introducing them to positive representation in literature. Key’s offering kids a place to be mentored by their “Big Bros” and connect over a shared love for reading.
Keys shared, “Black History Month is important to me because it gives the opportunity to reflect and see people who look like me in an impactful light. It also gives permission to have a sense of pride to celebrate our African American history and culture. I am honored to be a part of this Drawn To project as a young Black boy in America during such an exciting time in history! The legendary and unsung heroes of social justice who aren’t here today would be proud.”
Drawn to Making it Happen will show Craig and Jessica Williams (voiced by Philip Soloman and Lucia Cunningham) from the Cartoon Network‘s critically acclaimed animated series Craig of the Creek feeling motivated to read a book. The episode will highlight what inspired Keys to start Books n Bros at age 10.
An avid reader, Keys’ list of book recommendations in honor of Black History Month include:
- “Danny Dollar Millionaire Extraordinaire” by Ty Allan Jackson
- “Scraps of Time” Series by Patricia C. McKissack
- “Shuri: A Black Panther Novel” by Nic Stone
- “We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball” by Kadir Nelson
- “What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld
Drawn to Making it Happen was created in collaboration with Black-owned, Chicago-based multicultural marketing agency, Burrell, with opening graphics designed by St. Louis-based Black art director and illustrator, Marco Cheatham. All Drawn To episodes are available on CN, the CN App, and across the network’s social platforms.
The Drawn To series aims to elevate voices, highlight diverse cultures and provide a meaningful glimpse at the passions that bring kids together to celebrate unity and connectivity in a sometimes uncertain world.
Also, Drawn to Change which premiered last month on Cartoon Network featuring Martin Luther King Jr.’s granddaughter, 12-year-old Yolanda Renee King, will continue to air throughout February.
Do check it out!
(via press release)
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