Singer-songwriter Julian Lennon receives global literacy award
Singer and songwriter Julian Lennon is honored for his outstanding contribution to literacy.
At an online ceremony this Wednesday marking International Literacy Day, he will receive the World Literacy Foundation award in recognition of his work in promoting education.
“With the support of the World Literacy Foundation, the lives of children are transformed, creating a positive ripple effect around the world,” said the 58-year-old, “I am deeply grateful to be affiliated with this organization and recognition of my work with The White Feather Foundation as this year’s World Literacy Awards recipient.
Lennon has pursued a varied career spanning music, film, photography and writing.
In 1984 he achieved a UK top 10 with the track “Too Late for Goodbyes” and has produced six albums to date.
His cinematic work includes the documentaries WhaleDreamers and Women of the White Buffalo and there have been several exhibitions of his photographs.
But it was his books, including a trilogy of children’s environmental stories and an advocacy for reading, that caught the Foundation’s attention.
Andrew Kay, CEO of the World Literacy Foundation, said the awards “highlight people and organizations doing exemplary and innovative work in the literacy sector and Julian’s exemplary work with the White Feather Foundation and the Cynthia Lennon scholarship for girls is such an inspiration. . “
Lennon’s White Feather Foundation promotes and supports education, health, conservation and indigenous cultures through various projects around the world.
He also created the Cynthia Lennon Scholarship for Girls in honor of his late mother, which has awarded more than 40 scholarships to girls across Africa and the United States.
The 16 judges, including Downton abbey Creator Lord Fellowes, felt he had demonstrated exceptional and sustained depth in commitment to the advancement of literacy.
Following the success of his New York Times bestselling children’s book trilogy Touch the earth, Heal the earth and Love the earth, he now has a new graphic novel for older children titled The morning tribe should be released in November.
All were co-authored by Bart Davis.