The West Virginia Reading Association (WVRA) began fifty years ago. Now in 2018, the Association will celebrate its 50th Anniversary as the oldest professional organization in West Virginia committed to eradicating illiteracy in the Mountain State. In 1968, WVRA’s key focus was improving reading instruction for all students. During these fifty years, since its founding, WVRA has evolved and made great strides to recognize student achievement in reading and provide professional development for all educators in reading. There are no longer “black and white” approaches to reading, but there are hints of grey that indicate a blending of these “black and white” approaches to reading. However, the conference committee will retain the black and white color scheme to promote the elegance of this 50th anniversary celebration.