Focus on Community/Arts
Chesapeake is Site for National African American 'Read-in'

Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006


p class="sizmain">WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College will serve as a host site and coordinator for the 17th National African American Read-in Chain on Monday, Feb. 6 at noon in the Louise Cadby Studio Theatre (H-117) in the Kent Humanities Building.

Designed to promote literacy and highlight Black History Month, the first read-in was sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English in 1990. The event is now sponsored in 49 states in the United States and several nations in Africa and the Caribbean.

This year´s event at Chesapeake will feature author Christine Lincoln, who will discuss her life and read excerpts from her 2001 book "Sap Rising." A graduate of Washington College in Chestertown, Lincoln received the prestigious Sophie Kerr prize for writing in 2000.

Last year the college received reports documenting over 1,600 participants in the Read-In Chain on the Mid-Shore. The goal of the "Read-In Chain" is to make the celebration of African American literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities. This event is sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English and endorsed by the International Reading Association.

Area schools and community organizations will be participating in the event at Chesapeake College. Participants may read book excerpts, poems, articles or short stories. For more information about the event, please call Dr. Willie Woods at 410-827-5847.


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