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Literacy effort attempts to break world record

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Posted: Jan 22, 2014 12:02 PM
Updated: Jan 22, 2014 12:30 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: treme, wendell pierce, pierce, literacy, new orleans, turn the page, elementary, students, guinness

NEW ORLEANS - An attempt to break a world record is being led by "Treme" actor and musician Wendell Pierce reading to more than 500 elementary students in New Orleans.

The current Guinness world record is 440 participants.

The event begins a year long campaign to improve literacy rates in New Orleans by 2018, the city's 300th birthday.

The kickoff will also be part concert.

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis, trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and drummer Shannon Powell will perform at the city's launch of the "Turn the Page" campaign on Wednesday.

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