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Chesapeake is Site for National African American ’Read-in’

22nd National African American Read-In to be held on Thursday, Feb. 24 at noon in the Cadby Theatre

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Dorothy F. Bailey, author of "In a Different Light: Reflections and Beauty of Wise Women of Color," a publication celebrating "Wisdom Carriers," and is based on the Wise Women Project of Maryland 

WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College will serve as a host site and coordinator for the 22nd National African American Read-In on Thursday, Feb. 24 at noon in the Cadby Theatre.

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 Dorothy F. Bailey who will discuss her life and writing. Ms. Bailey is the author of "In a Different Light: Reflections and Beauty of Wise Women of Color," a publication celebrating "Wisdom Carriers," and is based on the Wise Women Project of Maryland.

The goal of the Read-In is to make the celebration of African American literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities. At the national level, this event is sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English and endorsed by the International Reading Association. Sponsors of the event at Chesapeake College include the Division of Arts and Sciences, the Learning Resources Center, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Peake Performance Team: Critical Conversations About Race.

For more information about the event, please call Dr. Willie Woods at 410-827-5847.

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