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Families enjoy Books & Breakfast at Troy Boys & Girls Club

TROY, N.Y. — The Capital District Intersectional Feminists hosted a Books Breakfast event at the Troy Boys Girls Club, Saturday morning. The free event allowed families to enjoy breakfast, make art and to take home a book to read.

“We started books and breakfast in Ferguson [Missouri] after Mike Brown was killed. We were deeply inspired by the original Black Panther free breakfast program. We wanted to do something that wasn’t so rooted in political debate and conflict and felt like what brings families together more than breakfast?” HandsUp! United co-founder, Ferguson activist and artist Tef Poe said of the origins of the event.

The event, which began at the Ferguson Community Center, has since expanded to 33 cities and two different countries, including France, according to Poe.

Poe also spoke to the importance of getting children to read and write.

“Challenging the literacy gap and also inspiring children of color to aspire to be writers and aspire to read. We’ve had black authors donate books, people like Michelle Alexander donated in the beginning,” Poe added.

Event organizer, DiDi Delgado, who helped form the Capital District Intersectional Feminist group, six months ago, talked about the importance of the event and bringing together people from all across the community.

“We’re black fems from across the region, the Capital District, who are looking to get more involved and looking to see how we can get our different intersections, differently abled bodies, queer bodies, fat bodies, into different spaces. So Books Breakfast was something that we had done in Cambridge [Massachusetts] and we just wanted to replicate it here because it’s been largely successful. Folks can come in, get a hot breakfast, also get some education, take a book home, they can do the art table. We are always looking for book donations,” Delgado noted of

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