Black Studies

Date: 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST February 17, 2015

African American Read-In

The Department of Education and Black Studies Program make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting an African American Read-In.

Bring a book to share by your favorite African American author.

Light refreshments will be served.

  

History

At its November 1989 meeting, the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English accepted the Issues Committee’s recommendation that the Black Caucus sponsor a nation-wide Read-In on the first Sunday of February.  At the request of educators, Monday was designated for educational institutions. Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott, an active member of NCTE and the Black Caucus, brought the idea to the Committee.  It was envisioned that following a decade of rigorous campaigning for participants, the African American Read-Ins would become a traditional part of Black History Month celebrations.  The commitment for nation-wide promotion extends from 1990 to the present.
 
In 1990, the National Council of Teachers of English joined in the sponsorship of the African American Read-In Chain. The campaign has also been endorsed and supported by the International Reading Association.  Persons receiving African American Read-In packets share the information with others, thereby creating a “chain” of readers whose numbers would grow to well over 5.5 million by the year 2014.