On Thursday, May 19, 2022, the Cape Fear Literacy Council will celebrate the return of our flagship event and fundraiser, the Annual Literacy Luncheon, after a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many aspects of post-pandemic life, some things are different. This year, we will meet outdoors at Filigree Marina overlooking the Cape Fear River, with guests seated in a spacious tent. Attendees can expect an uplifting atmosphere, breathtaking views and a delicious meal prepared by A flavor of thyme.


What remains the same is the experience:

  • A performance inspired by our Reader’s Theater classroom.
  • Testimonials from students and tutors who share their remarkable journeys.
  • A presentation from a dynamic speech that defends the importance of literacy.

We are honored to feature award-winning poet and author Jaki Shelton Green as a keynote speaker for this event. She is the first African-American woman and the third to be named North Carolina Poet Laureate.


Honored in the NC Literary Hall of Fame, Jaki Shelton Green is a compelling storyteller and podium presence. While working in the development of a non-profit organization, Jaki answered the call of fate by becoming a full-time writer. “I’ve been writing since I was little, thanks to my grandmother’s encouragement and her belief in the value of literacy,” she said in an interview. Jaki is from Orange County, North Carolina. She owns SistaWRITEoffering writing retreats for women writers in Arizona, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Northern Morocco and Ireland.


Another mainstay of Luncheon is the lively atmosphere. The opportunity provides the perfect networking experience for local professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders at all levels. Our sponsors and partners have the opportunity to both engage viewers and gain a broader understanding of their potential impact on their neighbors.


We look forward to seeing some friendly faces and celebrating CFLC’s commitment to education, leadership and service in Wilmington and beyond! But this annual event isn’t just about getting together over a meal – one of the Literacy Breakfast’s most crucial functions is advocacy. Our Board of Directors, staff and volunteers are continually working to address one of our society’s most critical silent crises: adults with low literacy.



“Low literacy prevents millions of Americans from fully participating in our society and economy as parents, workers, and citizens…It is at the heart of multigenerational cycles of poverty, ill health, and low level of education, contributing to the huge equity gap that exists in our country.
(Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy)



Did you know? Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 60,000 adults lived without the basic educational skills they needed to thrive as members of our community. By shining a light on the realities of this issue and its impact on our local economy, we can help ensure that adults in the Cape Fear area have access to the resources they need to become proficient readers, speakers and prosperous members of society. Strong adults and families make us all #ILMstrong!



How does the Cape Fear Literacy Council support adults? We offer FREE assessment and personalized instruction to adults through one-to-one tuition and small classes in our Adult Literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, including reading, writing , English conversation, math, test prep, US citizenship. , and digital literacy. Each year, we serve hundreds of adults of all ages (18+) who come to us with unique stories about life, determination and the goals they want to achieve.



How can you help the Cape Fear Literacy Council?
• Attend lunch: Book your place for this amazing event! The lunch is an integral source of support for the Cape Fear Literacy Council annual fund. Every aspect of an adult learner’s education and experience at CFLC is provided at no cost to our students, which means every student benefits from lunch.
• Support our campaign for literacy: You can play a vital role in advancing our mission by helping us raise $200,000 through our #CampaignForLiteracy campaign! Live Oak Bank will match every donation up to $30,000 – a donation of any amount has a significant impact!
• Become a volunteer: Our programs and events rely on the strength of volunteers! Help us make a difference in the lives of adult learners in the Cape Fear area.


The Cape Fear Literacy Council is an award-winning 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1985. Our vision is a community in which all adults have the language and literacy skills they need to succeed. Learn more about CFLC by visiting cfliteracy.org.


Alesha Edison Westbrook is the Communications Director of the Cape Fear Literacy Council. With over fifteen years of experience running nonprofit programs, Alesha is focused on using dynamic and engaging marketing to share the impactful stories of CFLC students and supporters with the wider community. . Committed to fostering a “growth mindset”, she is passionate about education. Alesha joined the Literacy Council staff in 2016.