There's a special beauty in the graduation ceremony for 155 adults by El Centro Latino for Literacy in Pico Union. "Manos Amigas/Helping Hands" shows that a typically concealed problem, illiteracy, can be exposed and toppled and its replacement -- the ability to read -- celebrated publicly.
It takes guts and resolve to learn to read as an adult. Chicken Corner offers her heartfelt congratulations and admiration to El Centro's class of 2012.
The ceremony is taking place at this moment, and is being live-blogged until 8:30 p.m. this evening. The speeches, including one by CD-1's Ed Reyes, are mostly in Spanish.