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First Annual African-American Read-In to Be Held on Friday, February 27th

FIRST ANNUAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN READ-IN TO BE HELD ON UTK CAMPUS: The Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, a joint partnership between the College of Education and the College of Communication and Information, is happy to join the Commission for Blacks, the Black Educators of Tomorrow, and the UTK English Department to host the first annual African-American Read-In on the UTK campus to be held in Hodges Library Auditorium from 1-5pm this Friday, 2/27.

During the 1-5pm time frame, UTK students, faculty and staff, college deans and administrators, and other interested campus parties are invited to go to Hodges Library auditorium and read an excerpt from a self-selected African-American authored text. Readings should be between 5-10 minutes in length. The Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature will make contemporary, award-winning children’s books, and books for middle grades/high school readers written by African-American authors available for the read-aloud. Books will be available in the Center (3rd floor, Hodges) prior to the event, and during the day of the event. Hodges librarians will also make books from the general collection available. Any African-American-authored text is okay. We encourage participants to find texts to read prior to the event. A bibliography of recommended books is also available at the NCTE African-American Read-In website:

. If you are a UTK student, faculty or staff member, or other UTK entity interested in participating as a reader (or group of readers), please email Susan Groenke directly at to reserve a 10-minute time slot between 1-5pm.

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