WASHINGTON - September 14, 2009 -- The National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) and the Center for the Book will present Grammy Award-winning country star Gretchen Wilson with a 2009 NCL Literacy Leadership Award at a reception at the Library of Congress on Wednesday, September 16, 2009. Theawards, which will also honor two political figures, two advocacy groups and a literacy activist, recognize individuals and/or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to improving literacy and raising awareness of the adult literacy and English language learning needs in the United States. Recipients of the award have demonstrated a deep and sustained individual or organizational commitment by supporting literacy on the local, state, and national level.
"People need the tools to succeed in America, and, at the very minimum, a major tool on the road to success is a high school diploma or GED. All Americans deserve a basic education so that they can take advantage of opportunities otherwise not open to them," 2009 awardee Gretchen Wilson told a Congressional subcommittee earlier this spring. Wilson, known for scoring three #1 albums with Here For The Party, All Jacked Up, and One Of The Boys, achieved her GED in 2008 and has leveraged her celebrity status to spotlight the funding needs of adult education programs and the adults on waiting lists hoping to further their education. Wilson will be at the Library of Congress to receive her award in person.