Join us in celebrating our Annual Pajama Party, a CLC Fundraiser that has helped us build libraries and supply books to children across the globe for years.
Honoring Khaliah A. Johnson, MD
Dr. Khaliah Johnson is head of all palliative care for Atlanta’s children’s hospitals. She created The Wendo Project in Kalimani, Kenya, which is a partnership with the women of the area that promotes health and economic opportunities, including a medical clinic which Khaliah directs, and the sale of hand-woven baskets with 100% of the proceeds returning to the women of Kalimani and the health center. Partnered with CLC, she established a small but growing children’s library to be used by parents and patients at the health center in Kalimani.
The Pajama Party is CLC’s main fundraising effort of the year, and has always been a virtual event to stay home and read with a child. Through the years CLC has honored with its annual Pajama Party many special authors, educators, and philanthropists for their contributions to children’s literature and our organization. CLC’s first Pajama Party was held over 30 years ago and honored Dr. William Pressly, founding president of The Westminster Schools. Dr. Pressly allowed CLC’s founder Kemie Nix, then a reading specialist at the school, sabbatical to teach literature in the inner-city Atlanta Public Schools, and later at Mount Kenya Academy in Kenya. Read more of the founding of CLC and of Kemie’s adventures in teaching literature in her book: A Book Teacher for Every School: Featuring Mount Kenya Academy.