African American Read-In

Wednesday, February 8 2012 at 11:30 AM

Location: first floor of the University of Idaho Library

This year, the University of Idaho will participate in the 23rd 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 Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 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 website and an additional selection of African American literature anthologies is set aside at the Library’s Reserve desk.

Those interested may sign up to take part in the public reading by e-mailing their name, author name, and the title of the selection they'll be reading, along with a request for a preferred 20-minute block of time. Reading time slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Email requests to: oma@uidaho.edu.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will hold a raffle for books written by prominent African American authors to celebrate the literature and literacy during Black History Month.

The University of Idaho African American Read-In is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Black Student Association, the University of Idaho Library, and the Department of English.

For more information, contact Leathia Botello, coordinator, Office of Multicultural Affairs, leathiab@uidaho.edu, or Jan Johnson, professor of English and American Indian studies, janjohn@uidaho.edu.