The National African American Read-In is in it’s 22nd year and is sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). When the first Read-In was held in 1990, it was for one day and it is now celebrated the entire month of February to coincide with Black History Month.
The Black Caucus encourages schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and anyone else interested to organize and host a Read-In in their communities. In 2010 Read-Ins were held all over the United States in locations as diverse as the African American Museum in Deland, FL; Creative Clay Fine Arts Center in St. Petersburg, FL; Talbot County Senior Citizen Center in Easton, Maryland; Caribou Coffee in St. Cloud, Minnesota; Estes Hills Elementary School in Chapel Hill, NC; and Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.
While it may be too late for you to organize an event for this year, it may not be too late to participate in one that has already been organized. To find one in your area, search the web site of your local daily or weekly alternative newspaper for “African American Read-In.”
If you don’t find one, you could have your own personal Read-In with your family or even just you. If you need ideas for something to read, NCTE’s Black Caucus has compiled list of books for young adult and adult readers and another for children.
This Sunday my church will have a Read-In and I look forward to participating.