African American Read-In 2018

By Jen Retter | February 9, 2018

On February 21, Arcadia will host its 6th celebration of Africana Literature and Writing. The National African American Read-In was created 29 years ago by members of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) to educate others about the literary contributions of African American writers and, later, people of African descent worldwide. During the month of February, events promoting literacy are held in libraries, schools, and community centers throughout the country.

This year we are hosting the African American Read-In to honor the founder, Dr. Jerri Cobb Scott, who passed in 2017. Her vision and passion for African American Literature and her desire for African American children to see themselves in books led to the African American Read-In becoming one of the longest-running literacy-promotions programs in the U.S. 

At Arcadia, volunteers are asked to read from their favorite published work of literature by an author of African descent, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and verse (song). Dramatic performances are also welcome (and encouraged). 

All interested readers should notify Evvie Thompson by February 16 with your name, selection (title and author), and length of reading. All are welcome. 

This event was pioneered at Arcadia by Dr. Kalenda Eaton, associate professor of English, and is supported by Ms. Judy Dalton, associate dean of the Office of Institutional Diversity, and Dr. Angela McNeil, director of the Act 101/Gateway to Success Program. 

Event Details

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Castle Mirror Room