I joined Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists—now, SAG-AFTRA—in 1972. For the past 48 years, I’ve been constantly in awe (and a faithful promoter) of the good work that my union does for members and non-members alike.

Storyline Online from the SAG-AFTRA Foundation is one of our literacy projects for young people that I’m proudest of. Here’s a 16-minute story that’s important for everyone in this day and age. Enjoy. And, feel free to share.

Dulé Hill reading As Fast As Words Could Fly for the Storyline Online series.

Plot summary.
Written by Pamela M. Tuck and Illustrated by Eric Valasquez this is a story of a boy, Mason Steele, who takes pride in turning his father’s talks about civil rights incidents into handwritten letters. One day, his dad comes home with a gift from a civil rights group. It’s a typewriter! Thrilled with the present, Mason spends his spare time teaching himself to type.

When the group wins a school desegregation case, Mason learns he will now be attending a formerly all-white high school and he fears prejudice and intolerance.

Mason competes in a typing tournament, decides to take a stand, and uses his skills to triumph over prejudice and break racial barriers.

Here’s Eva Longoria talking about Storyline Online.

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