Category: Press Releases
Posted By: Denise Gallagher
The celebration of literature by African-American authors
continues in 2018 with Citrus County’s eleventh observance of the National
African American Read-In to be held on Sunday, February 25th from 2:30 – 4:30
pm at the Learning and Conference Center on the College of Central Florida’s
Citrus Campus. Many members of the community have volunteered to be readers at
this increasingly popular event. School principals and students, local elected
officials and private citizens, actors and a community choir, will all gather
together to emphasize the importance of reading and literacy to all of us.
Ranging from speeches to spirituals, picture books to poetry to prayer; short
selections will be read aloud allowing listeners to enter the fascinating world
of ideas and images conveyed through the written word. Come together with friends
and neighbors for the 11th Annual African American Read-In and celebrate
history and literature. Listen as moving, inspirational, and humorous
selections from a wide range of African American literature are read aloud.
Enjoy musical entertainment and refreshments.
The idea for an African American Read-In was introduced by
the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English. Local sponsors
for our event include the Educational Partners in Citrus County with
representatives from the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, the College of Central
Florida’s Institute for Community Advancement, Saint Leo University, Citrus
County Schools and the Citrus County Library System along with financial
support from the Citrus County Chronicle, Publix, the Citrus County Historical
Society, Inc., the Afro-American Club of Citrus County, and other local and
national businesses, such as Walgreens.
The program is free and open to the general public. The
College of Central Florida is located at 3800 S. Lecanto Highway (County Road
491). Parents and grandparents are especially encouraged to bring their upper
elementary through high school aged children along with them. Refreshments will
be provided during an informal social time following the event. For more
information please phone Kathy Turner Thompson, the Old Courthouse Heritage
Museum, at 352-341-6436 or go to http://facebook.com./citrusaari.