A Celebration of Literacy: National African American Read-In

Wednesday, February 4 2009

Feb. 4, 2009 MOSCOW, Idaho – Reading a book in February can make a difference. This year, the University of Idaho will participate in the 20th National African American Read-In. The event is sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English, which tallies all readers who participate, to make the celebration of African American literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities. The Read-In will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first floor of the University of Idaho Library. Faculty, students and staff are invited to read a 3-5 minute selection of African American-authored literature during that time. A list of selected authors is available online at the university’s Office of Multicultural Affairs Web site at www.uidaho.edu/oma. An additional selection of African American literature anthologies is set aside at the library’s Reserve Desk. Interested members of the community may sign up to take part in the public reading by e-mailing their name, author name, and the title of the preferred selection to read, along with a request for a preferred 20-minute block of time. Reading time slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. E-mail requests to oma@uidaho.edu. Attendees of the Read-In can win books written by prominent African American authors by entering a raffle sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs The University of Idaho African American Read-In is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the University of Idaho Library, and the Department of English. For more information, contact Leathia Botello, interim director, Office of Multicultural Affairs, leathiab@uidaho.edu, or Jan Johnson, professor of American Indian Studies and English, janjohn@uidaho.edu. # # # About the University of Idaho Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 150 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu. Media Contact: Jan Johnson, Department of American Indian Studies and English, (208) 885-7743, janjohn@uidaho.edu

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.