UA Books for Alabama Black Belt Campaign Begins

  • January 26th, 2017

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. —The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development’s Books for the Alabama Black Belt campaign will run from Wednesday, Feb. 1, to Tuesday, Feb. 28.

The campaign offers an opportunity for students and area residents to donate new or gently used classic and award-winning books frequently found on school reading lists for K-12 children. Donation boxes will be placed on campus in Bidgood Hall, Capstone Village, Gorgas Library, McClure Library, Nott Hall and Smith Hall.

Books may also be dropped off at the UA Center for Economic Development office at 621 Greensboro Ave.

The 13 counties that make up the Black Belt region are Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Pickens, Perry, Sumter and Wilcox.

For a complete list of appropriate books, please visit the Center’s website:

Distribution of the books will be made to the schools within the 13 counties in early summer. For more information about the book campaign, contact Sally Brown at 205/348-8344 or

In addition to the Center, sponsors of the 2017 campaign include the Capstone Village Retirement Community, Culverhouse College of Commerce, Gorgas Library, Honors College, McClure Library, Tuscaloosa Public Library, UA Museums, and UA Press.

UA’s Center for Economic Development is part of the University’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.


Sally Brown, 205/348-8344,


Richard LeComte, media relations,, 205/348-3782

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