BANGOR, Maine – In honor of Black History Month, Husson University announced today it will participate in the 25th National African-American Read-In on Wednesday, February 26.
This nationwide event, sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and NCTE, and endorsed by the International Reading Association, is a celebration of the literary contributions of African-American authors.
“Our students will be joining over a million readers from all over the country as they gather together to share their favorite literary works by authors of African descent,” said Sarah Pringle-Lewis, MDiv, MS, Husson University Chaplain and Associate Director of Academic Services, in a Husson press release. “This is a unique opportunity for our university community and members of the public to enjoy the talents of some of America’s most gifted writers.”
Each participant in the 25th National African-American Read-In will be given a few minutes to share an excerpt from his or her favorite poem, children’s story, or book by an African-American author, by reading it aloud. Individuals who cannot bring a favorite literary work to the Read-In, can choose a selection from one of the many books on display.
Participants who read aloud for a few minutes at the event will be counted in the 2014 National African-American Read-In Honor Roll and will be included in NCTE’s nationwide count.
The 25th National African-American Read-In is sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain at Husson University, Husson University’s Sawyer Library, the English Society, the Student Union for People of Color and the International Student Association.
The event will take place 3-4 p.m. Feb. 26, in front of the fireplace on the lower level of the G. Peirce Webber Campus Center in Peabody Hall on the Bangor campus of Husson University. Refreshments will be served.
Event sponsors are hoping members of the public will attend this free event. “Even if you don’t want to read aloud, you can still enjoy listening to the works of these great authors,” said Pringle-Lewis.
More than a million readers of all ethnic groups from the United States, the West Indies, and African countries, have participated in past years. NTCE hopes to make this annual celebration of African-American literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities here in the United States.