Tuesday, February 26, 2019

African American Read-In at East Ensley Library

by Mark Skinner, East Ensley Branch Library

Read-In participants at the East Ensley Library

In an effort to promote literacy during Black History Month, the National Council of Teachers of English created the African American Read-In. Started in 1990, the read-ins are held throughout the United States and participants are asked to read the work of an African American author. So far, over 6 million people have participated in this important event that spotlights African American authors and their works.

For Black History Month, the East Ensley branch hosted a Read-In and encouraged some of our younger patrons to participate. They were asked to read aloud for two minutes from their favorite book by an African American author, or they could choose one of the books available at the library. They chose to read from authors like Deloris Jordan, Eloise Greenfield, Spike Lee, Barack Obama, Rosa Parks, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Below is a sample of the works that were read and are available at your library.

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks
My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris
Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
PLEASE, PUPPY, PLEASE by Spike Lee
Salt in his Shoes: Michael Jordan in the Pursuit of His Dreams by Deloris Jordan
Why We Can’t Wait by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Aunt Flossie’s Hats by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to my Daughters by Barack Obama

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