Call For Readers To Participate In District 89 African American Read-In

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: A mayor in Maryland participating in an African American Read-In during Black History Month last year. | Michelle L. Marek/Twitter

Village Free Press is proud to partner with AKB Events and Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview District 89 on the African American Read-In, a national reading event promoting literacy and African American authors during Black History Month.

The African American Read-In has an auspicious history. The initiative was created in 1990 by the Black Caucus for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Since the Read-In’s inception, it has reached more than 5.5 million participants around the world. This would be the first time that the District 89 community has participated in the initiative.

AKB Events, the lead organizer for this local Read-In, is looking for volunteers — community leaders, political officials, policemen, firemen, business owners, parents, education advocates and other professionals — who would be willing to read stories published by African American authors to second- and third-graders in District 89.

  • When: Feb. 20 through Feb. 23
  • Where: District 89 elementary schools
  • Time: Varies according to schedules and your availability
  • Why: To promote literacy and African American authors during Black History Month and to let young people know that heroes, legends and role models don’t just exist in books — they’re also flesh and blood. The combination of literary role models with real life role models will be a powerful lesson for students.

To participate, or for more info about this initiative, please contact Kamily Brady, the owner of AKB Events, at kamil.brady@akbevents.net. Volunteeres may be subject to screening. VFP 

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