Feb. 21, 2014 – Bookworms can read passages from novelists and writers that motivate and inspire them during a special Black History Month event at Fort Valley State University’s campus next week. The university’s Department of English and Foreign Languages will hold its African-American Read In on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Hunt Memorial Library’s third floor. Wildcat students, faculty and staff are encouraged to bring their favorite African–American authors to read for 5 to 10 minutes, or material can also be provided for interested readers. The public is welcome to attend.
The 2014 National African-American Read-In was initiated by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Council of Teachers of English.NCTE is a professional association of educators of English studies, language arts and literature studies. Every February during Black History Month, read-in events are held at campuses throughout the country.
“This will be the fifth year that the African-American Read-In has been held at FVSU,” said Dr. Washella T. Simmons, interim Chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages, who helped coordinate the ceremony. “Students, faculty and staff really enjoy reading their favorite African-American pieces.”
Anthony Boynton, a FVSU senior majoring in English, has attended the African-American Read In twice.
“The event is a vehicle to celebrate and expose students to learn and appreciate literature and African-American literature,” he said.
Students who participate will have their names recorded, in case their professors want to use the event as an extra credit opportunity.
To schedule a time for a class or group of students to read, contact Simmons at (478) 825-1771 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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