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Husson University to Participate in 26th National African-American Read-In

Published on: March 19, 2015

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BANGOR, MAINE – In honor of Black History Month, Husson University announced today that it will be participating in the 26th National African-American Read-In on Wednesday, February 18. This nationwide event sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the NCTE national organization, and endorsed by the International Reading Association, is a celebration of the literary contributions of African-American authors. 

“Organizations that are hosting African-American Read-In events are working to create a 5.5 million person “chain” of readers,” said Sarah Pringle-Lewis, MDiv, MS, Husson University Chaplain and Associate Director of Academic Services. “It’s inspiring to know that our students will be joining millions of readers from all over the country as they gather together to share their favorite literary works by authors of African descent.”

Schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens are all being urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting and coordinating Read-Ins in their communities. Read-Ins can be as simple as bringing together family and friends to share a book, or as elaborate as arranging public readings and media presentations that feature professional African-American writers. 

Each participant in the 26th 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. 

The 26th National African-American Read-In is sponsored by Husson University’s Office of the Chaplain, Sawyer Library, English department and United Student Association. 
The event will take place 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 from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. on February 18. Refreshments will be served.

Members of the public are welcome to 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.

Over 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.

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