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Mayo, United Way partner to offer literacy festival

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In memory of D.C. Mangum, a longtime advocate and champion of diversity and inclusion within Mayo Clinic and Rochester, Mayo Clinic and the United Way of Olmsted County will partner to host an annual literacy festival.

Mangum died earlier this year,

The first annual D.C. Mangum Literacy Festival will be 9:30 a.m. to noon July 25 at the Heintz Center, 1926 Collegeview Road E. on the Rochester Community and Technical College campus in Rochester.

The goal of the festival is to ensure that students advance academically during the summer, according to a press release.

To supply books for the event, a book drive will be held from June 22 through July 10. Donations of new and gently used books may be dropped in the blue barrels marked "Summer Book Drive" at any Mayo Clinic cafeteria or at one of four local churches: Rochester Community Baptist Church, Christ's Church of the Jesus Hour, Prince of Peace Fellowship of Praise and Word of Life Church of God in Christ.

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