African-American Read-In (Virtual): Giants Among Us: Recognizing Black History Luminaries in Brevard County and Beyond - NCTE

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African-American Read-In (Virtual): Giants Among Us: Recognizing Black History Luminaries in Brevard County and Beyond

February 25, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This was an online event zoomed from the Evans Library at Florida Institute of Technology.  The keynote guest speaker was Sonya Mallard from the Harriet T. Moore Center.

Thirteen participants read or performed poetry, prose, and/or music selected for the occasion:

Dr. Holly Miller Dean of Libraries,

Evans Library

Welcome and Occasion
Dr. Ted Petersen Undergraduate Communication Program Chair, School of Arts and Communication Greetings and Introduction of Program Host
Jeffery “J.D.” Gallop Program Moderator, Florida Tech Graduate, Florida Today Criminal Justice Reporter Program’s Purpose
Ashauntie Reid (s) Lift Every Voice and Sing James Weldon Johnson Black National Anthem
Torene Scott (s) Juneteenth Amena Brown Poem
Dr. Felipa Chavez (f) Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston Book Excerpt
Joseph McNeil (c) Melbourne’s Founders Original Piece Reading
Jeff Gallop In Memoriam Memorial Slides of Dr. Joni Oglesby and Augusta Williams
Davonya Cheek (s) This Is Not a Small Voice Sonia Sanchez Poem*
Jordin Chandler (a) Let’s Talk Integration Original Piece Essay
Izzy Bryant (ls) Appalachian Elegy Bell hooks
Dr. Gordon Patterson (f) “Wind and the Water Woman” from Mules and Men Zora Neale Hurston Book Excerpt
Ajhani Swaby (s) Redemption Song Bob Marley Poem
Marcia Hunt-Bentley (c) Ballad of Harry Moore Langston Hughes Poem
Sonya Mallard (c) Keynote Speaker Speech
Rebekah Pratt (s) “Stand Up” Cynthia Erivo Song
Dr. Gordon Patterson (f) Event’s Impact/Charge Wrap-Up


February 25, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Evans Library YouTube Event, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida
150 University Ave.
Melbourne, FL 32901 United States
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