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

Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Retired Staff Sgt. George E. Brummell, pictured here with former Sec. of State Colin Powell, will discuss his book "Shades of Darkness" during the African-American Read-in at Chesapeake College on Thursday, Feb. 8. 

WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College will serve as a host site and coordinator for the 18th National African American Read-In on Thursday, Feb. 8 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 George E. Brummell, who will discuss his life and share excerpts from his book "Shades of Darkness." A native of Caroline County, Brummell chronicled his experiences as a black U.S. soldier during the Vietnam War, his becoming wounded, learning to live with blindness and overcoming life´s obstacles.

Last year the college received reports documenting over 1,600 participants in the Read-In on the Mid-Shore. The goal of the "Read-In" 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 by attending the February 8th function or by hosting a "read-in" and reporting their results to the 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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