Indy Reads announces its One State / One Story programs funded by Community Read grant from Indiana Humanities 

INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Reads announced this week that it will host three programs exploring themes and ideas of Indiana Humanities’ One State / One Story selections. 

“We were honored to have been selected as a recipient of Indiana Humanities’ Community Read grant,” Ruba Marshood, Indy Reads’ chief executive officer said. “This award has allowed us to facilitate an exciting three-event series engaging the public and our adult learners with All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles. We are thrilled to welcome all our neighbors to join the dialogue.” 

The following three events are made possible by the Community Read grant, awarded to Indy Reads and 29 other organizations by Indiana Humanities late last year: 

  • One State / One Story Guest Scholar: Leah Milne: This presentation and lecture, on June 29 at 10:30am at Indy Reads, will feature Leah Milne and ask, “What are the connections between reading and empathy, and why should we read outside of our comfort zones?” Participants will receive a copy of All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles. 
  • One State / One Story Indy Reads Book Club: Our July Book of the Month is All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles! We will discuss this high school/adult selection on July 28 at 4pm at Indy Reads. 
  • One State / One Story Pop-Up Family History Showcase: This community family history showcase, on September 8 at 11am, will engage Indy Reads’ adult students and community members as they share treasured family artifacts that will be on display all day at Indy Reads. 


About Indy Reads 
Indy Reads builds literacy, English language, and job readiness skills to empower adults and their families to reach their full potential. For 40 years, the nonprofit organization has worked toward a vision of 100% literacy for all. High literacy levels grant access to greater developmental, educational, civic, and career opportunities. Current statistics show that 1 in 6 adults in Indiana read at or below a fifth-grade level. Through its Community Classrooms and Programming, Indy Reads advances social equity through education, helping adult learners increase their English language and literacy proficiency, prepare for their High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma, build workforce skills to improve their employability and advancement potential, and engage more confidently in the community. Indy Reads is proudly one of few organizations that serves adults of all literacy skill levels, including the most beginning-level and beyond. To learn more about Indy Reads visit

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