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Honoring the 25th Anniversary of the National Literacy Act

July 25th marks the 25th anniversary of the National Literacy Act…and we’re celebrating!

Since President George H.W. Bush signed the act into law in 1991, millions of adults have had a second chance to earn their high school diplomas, and tens of millions more have learned to read, write and speak English.

But we still have a long way to go. Millions of Americans lack basic literacy skills, and as a result, struggle with everyday activities such as helping their children with homework, completing a job application, or reading a prescription label. What was true 25 years ago is still true today: education is a civil right, no matter one’s age.

President George H.W. Bush signs the National Literacy Act into law


Press Release

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the signing of the National Literacy Act. This landmark act was the first to focus on adult literacy and has opened the doors for millions of Americans to learn to read and write.

Download our current Press Release for more information.

Download the National Literacy Act signing photo
(Should you use this photo please provide following copy – Photo credit: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum)


Reflections on the National Literacy Act

Sen. Lamar Alexander attended the original signing of the National Literacy Act in 1991, and remains a passionate advocate for literacy.

Sen. Alexander’s reflections on the signing of the National Literacy Act

In June 2016, Sen. Alexander addressed a select group of technology leaders, entrepreneurs and policy experts at the Barbara Bush Foundation’s Conversation on the Future of Adult Literacy. His remarks were entered into the Congressional Record.

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Leave Your Mark for Literacy

Place your bookmark and help the Barbara Bush Foundation bring awareness to one of the greatest challenges facing our nation. Together, we can make literacy and learning a value in every home in America!


Experience the Celebration

On June 9, 2016, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy hosted the inaugural National Celebration of Reading at the Library of Congress. This event brought together members of the Bush family, celebrity authors and entertainers, and supporters to celebrate the power of literacy and to commemorate the signing of the National Literacy Act.

Watch the event from start to finish and enjoy a special musical performance by Lynda Carter, commentary by library of Congress Historian John Cole, and readings by our outstanding lineup of guest authors: Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, David Baldacci, A.J. Jacobs, and Jon Meacham.

Experience the Celebration

Get in Touch

You may also contact us by phone at 850.562.5300 or by mail at:
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
516 North Adams Street • Tallahassee, Florida 32301