African-American Read-In at Library

This year, the University of Idaho Library will host the 20th National African American Read-In. The event is sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English, which seeks to make the celebration of African American literacy an integral part of Black History Month activities, and co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the University of Idaho Library, and the Department of English.

The Read-In will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first floor of the UI Library. Faculty, students and staff are invited to read a 3-5 minute selection of African American-authored literature during that time.  The Office of Multicultural Affairs will also hold a raffle for books written by prominent African American authors.

Those interested may sign up to take part in the public reading by e-mailing their name, author name, and the title of the selection they'll be reading to:  A list of selected authors is available online at the university’s Office of Multicultural Affairs Web site: and a selection of African American literature anthologies is set aside at the Library’s Reserve desk.

For more information, contact Leathia Botello, Interim Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs,, Jan Johnson, professor of American Indian Studies and English,, or UI reference librarian Rochelle Smith,

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