The Layers of Black History Book Drive!

It's time to open our hearts and bookshelves and give back to students in Central PA, by supporting a book drive that celebrates the incredible voices of Black and Brown authors. These authors often don't get the recognition they deserve, and we're here to change that. 

Real 99.3 has partnered with The Layers of Black History team and we're asking listeners to donate 99 new books written by black and brown authors. Every single one of these books will go to local schools and community organizations for free.

We want to ensure that young minds have access to diverse stories and perspectives that are often overlooked. By providing these books, you're opening up a whole new world for these individuals, inspiring them, and helping them connect with their own identities and experiences.

Whether you donate one book or a whole collection, every contribution counts. And don't worry if you're not sure which books to donate. We have a list of recommended titles by clicking here

Just click the book you like, add to your cart, and donate!

It all leads up to the can't miss event of the summer:  The 2nd Annual Layers of Black History Gala on Saturday, June 24th in Hershey. For ticket info and more, go to Click Here today!

The 2nd Annual Layers of Black History Gala

The night will include: a buffet style dinner, raffle prizes, an open bar, live musical & art performances, and more! Join us for a gala experience unlike anything you have witnessed before!

Time & Location

Jun 24, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Purcell Friendship Hall, 107 McCorkel Rd, Hershey, PA 17033, USA

About the event

The Inaugural Layers of Black History Gala took place in 2022 with the intention to donate 75 books written by Black or Brown authors to the local community in Palmyra, Pennsylvania. This stemmed from Corey Dupree, a co-founder of the Layers of Black History Gala, desire for literary representation to be prevalent in his children's school district. In less than 45 days, we were able to surpass that number and gather over 500 books for local youth — all of which were donated and purchased by sponsors, supporters, and attendees of the event.

In 2023, the 2nd Annual Layers of Black History Gala team is looking to further support the mission of developing and implementing initiatives that serve the community, promote representation, and deliver educational resources to underserved populations. Our objective for the 2nd Annual Layers of Black History Gala is to raise funds to provide another 500 books to communities and organizations, and to fund 10 scholarships that will provide educational support for social and recreational activities for individuals.

Join us for an unforgettable night of networking, music, amazing food, live art experiences, and so much more. You do not want to miss out!

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