The African American Read-In was initiated by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and is sanctioned by the NCTE and endorsed by the International Reading Association to promote literacy and Black literary culture. It is celebrated in 49 states and is in its 21st year. The read-in is perennially celebrated during Black History Month.
Among the audience and readers will be Adelphi students, faculty, and staff, local elected officials, and members from surrounding communities. As an outreach initiative, audience members are encouraged to participate in the public reading of selected works by African American writers.
Read the Press Release (PDF 22KB).
We ask that readers select excerpts from works authored by African Americans, professional or novice writers, lasting 3.5–5 minutes. We have the following suggested reading lists available; they are not comprehensive! Readers may also choose a text they enjoy or wish to get to know better. Shorter pieces are welcome, too! To sign up to read or for more information, please contact Mary Wyeth, Writing Center Director, at 516.877.3294 or firstname.lastname@example.org before Tuesday, February 16.
Here are a few Helpful Tips to prepare for public reading.
To view the full array of events celebrating Black History Month at Adelphi University please visit the Center for African American and Ethnic Studies Program’s Event page.
Sponsored by Adelphi University’s Center for African American and Ethnic Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, English Department, First Year Experience Committee, ICAN Make Change, Learning Center, Performing Arts Center, and Writing Center.