Cape Fear Literacy Council discusses legacy of former first lady


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Literacy was one of Barbara Bush’s passions.

It was her desire to get more people to read, write and comprehend. In 1989, shortly after President George H.W. Bush entered the White House, she established the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

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“The American Dream is about equal opportunity for everyone who works hard. If we don’t give everyone the ability to simply read and write, then we aren’t giving everyone an equal chance to succeed,” Barbara Bush has stated.

In the Cape Fear, that legacy continues on.

The Cape Fear Literacy Council helps both children and adults hone their skills when it comes to reading and writing.

Cape Fear Literacy Council Executive Director Yasmin Tomkinson says the former first lady is a major reason why the rate of literacy has gone up in the country.

Without her, Tomkinson believes the issue would have gone on, unnoticed.

“In terms of having fame and power and resources and connection and using it to benefit an important cause such as literacy, I don’t think there’s anybody ever in the world perhaps that compares with Barbara Bush,” Tomkinson said.

Tomkinson believes the former first lady’s constant attention to the issue will carry on throughout the world and especially here in our area.

Barbara Bush died at her home on Tuesday at the age of 92.

In lieu of flowers, she had requested that those wishing to honor her memory do so through contributions to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.