By Dr. Marciene Mattleman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – In the summer of 2012, in tribute to Jackie Robinson and ballplayers in the Negro Leagues, the Anderson Monarchs – a Philadelphia baseball team of African-American kids 10 to 13 – embarked on a 19-day, 3500-mile journey playing against youth teams in Harlem, Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and other cities and raising awareness of blacks in baseball.

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Mighty Writers armed the Monarch players with journals to record their impressions of the trip resulting in “We Are Jackie,” a beautiful, quote-filled picture book of the Monarchs’ odyssey.

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That trip was historic but the daily work of volunteers at the three Mighty Writers locations in Philadelphia is helping kids, 7-17, think and write with clarity – after school, evenings and in the summer – developing skills to stay in school, achieve at work and in life.

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Maya Angelo’s quote on the website,, says it all, “There is no greater agony than having an untold story inside you.”