Home > Writing > Blogs > My JEM Interview: â€œRoxy Rumblesâ€ for Literacy by Jina Bacarr
Imagine if you couldnâ€™t read.
Youâ€™d miss out on connecting with friends at Facebook, couldnâ€™t check your bank account (though at times youâ€™d rather not), never be able to write a grocery list (canâ€™t forget the chocolate chip cookies), check out the menu board at Starbucks for the latest latte sensation.
Or read the fabulous posts here at OCC Slice of Orange.
Hard to imagine that at one time in history being â€œliterateâ€ meant that a person could sign his name. It later evolved to mean that you could read Latin. During the early days of Queen Victoria, close to fifty percent of all women signed their marriage certificate with their â€œmarkâ€ on their wedding day because they couldnâ€™t write.
It wasnâ€™t until later in the nineteenth century that books became affordable to everyone.
Yet literacy is still a problem. According to a story in USA Today by Greg Toppo, a study in 2009 estimates that â€œâ€¦32 million adults in the USAâ€”about one in sevenâ€”are saddled with such low literacy skills that it would be tough for them to read anything more challenging than a children’s picture book or to understand a medication’s side effects listed on a pill bottle.â€
More than ever, itâ€™s important to read, read, read. It spurs our imagination, educates us and gives us the opportunity to explore new and exciting worlds.
Reading books is just as important today as it was when I wrote a cartoon script for the girl band series JEM and the Holograms called â€œRoxy Rumbles.â€
Roxy, the â€œbad girl,â€ canâ€™t read, which gets her into all kinds of trouble.