Founded in a church basement, Literacy Action is now the oldest, largest, and leading adult basic education nonprofit in the Southeastern United States.

1968 – Founding a Movement

May 19, 1968

The spring of 1968 was a time of strife and change for the United States especially for Atlanta. The death of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his funeral…

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1970s – Adapting a Regional Mission

May 19, 1970

In the early 1970s, volunteers from outside of the church began supporting Literacy Action to teach writing and reading skills; the Junior League of Atlanta was a lead institution in…

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1980s – Creating Literate Communities

May 19, 1980

In the 1980s, Literacy Action experienced exponential growth throughout the Atlanta area, in Georgia, and even in the Southeast. Through relationships with Georgia Tech, Literacy Action piloted distance learning tools…

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1990s – Developing the Workforce

May 19, 1990

“We were new in Atlanta and I found Literacy Action,” Carol Bartlett remembers. “I had taught English before, but the  training from Literacy Action was phenomenal. We had wonderful students,”…

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2000s – Integrating Technology

May 19, 2016

At the turn of the millennium, the increasing use of technology in all aspects of society affected Literacy Action’s teaching  methods. Thanks to the generosity of major corporations – like…

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2010s – Opening Doors to Opportunity

May 19, 2016

Today, Literacy Action offers classes to all levels of adult learners working toward a certain functionality goal or a specific credential, like passing the General Education Development (GED) exam. Classes…

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2013 – After expanding we can now teach 225 students at the same time.

May 19, 2016

In December, 2013, Literacy Action began a renovation of its current space and an expansion to the entire floor at the Robert W. Woodruff Volunteer Service Center at 100 Edgewood…

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2014 – United with Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta

May 19, 2016

Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta (LVA), a 28-year old organization located in downtown Decatur, became a part of Literacy Action on July 1, 2014. After seven months of planning, a merger…

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2017 – Move to Peachtree Center

August 1, 2017

2017 – Move to Peachtree Center

In July 2017, Literacy Action opened the doors to its most digitally-focused, student-centric adult literacy campus in its 50 years. By relocating to a new facility in the Peachtree Center…

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