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Looking Back at Community Events of the 2022 African American Read-In

In February, the African American Read-In inspired school and community readings and events across the nation. Here’s a look into some of the great ways community groups and organizations honored African American books and authors.

National Hook Up of Black Women, Inc. DC Chapter hosted the African-American Read-In at Washington, DC’s Bridges Academy Charter School that serves K–8th graders. The interactive read-along featured two award-winning books written and illustrated by African Americans. The above image was captured during the event.

Intel employees around the globe participated in month-long celebrations and activities to recognize the contributions of Black Americans to the history of the United States of America and beyond. Literacy is a key element in STEM education; Intel invited employees to select books written by Black authors about Black families during this time, and throughout the year. Intel employees were able to participate as individuals or families. 

United Methodist Church of Red Bank held “No More Racism Virtual Storytime.” All children ages 5–11 were invited to join as they heard stories being read. There was also a discussion about the themes of the books as they pertain to the lives of the children.

The Greater Queens Chapter of The Links, Inc, and York College presented “A Conversation with Author Gayle Jessup White, Descendant of President Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings.” Gayle Jessup White is a Black descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings’s family who explores America’s racial reckoning through the prism of her ancestors—both the enslaver and the enslaved. The author talked virtually with Emmy Award winning journalist Cheryl Wills during the free virtual event.

The Piedmont Arts African American Read-In + Family Day hosted the museum’s annual celebration of African American artists, performers, and writers. The event featured a drumming workshop, story time, crafts, a performance by Kuumba Dance Ensemble, Inc. and a public read-aloud. The free event was sponsored by Carter Bank & Trust.

The Carnegie Center for Art & History hosted an African American Read-In on Zoom. The event was hosted by spoken word artist KennyFresh, and included featured readers such as Deedee Cummings, a local author who shared work from her series, Kayla: A Modern Day Princess. The public was encouraged to both listen to and participate in this free program by reading short excerpts by African American authors in an open mic format via Zoom.

The African American Read-In with the Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc,  hosted a virtual African American Read-In event to highlight and celebrate the literary works of African American authors, composers, poets, and other artists.

At Ferguson Library’s Celebrating Black History Month event, members of the Board of Education, including the Superintendent, read every Saturday and then uploaded videos to YouTube. There were also activities to reinforce the readings.

Thank you to those that hosted an event for the 2022 African American Read-In! We invite you to visit the 2022 Report Card.


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