Marvin “Doc” Cheatham reading to a kindergarten class.

More than 1,000 students in 21 Baltimore schools were visited, Oct. 13, by men who read to them and generally created a very special morning. They encouraged them to go to school every day – echoing the call of Dr. Thornton, Baltimore Schools new CEO, according to Dr. Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, who has told parents in his community to call him if they cannot get their children to school.

Borndavid McCraw reading to students.

The Men Reading in Baltimore City Public Elementary Schools was started in 2011, by “Doc” Cheatham. “Michael Carter was outstanding in his assistance to the program and when he died in 2012, I asked the family if it was ok that I put Michael’s name on the initiative,” Cheatham said.  “The family consented and was present at our press conference in 2012 announcing that year’s initiative.”

Participants in the Michael Carter Men Reading in Schools Project were members of 100 Black Men, 300 Men March, AFT Maryland, Kappa Alpha Psi and Phi Beta Sigma fraternities, to name a few of their organizations.