National African American Read-In

Hosted by the Black Caucus of NCTE and NCTE

February 29 2016 @ Hostos Community College

“The African American Read-In (AARI) . . . is built on an ambitious yet confident premise: that a school and community reading event can be an effective way to promote diversity in children’s literature, encourage young people to read, and shine a spotlight on African American authors” (NCTE Council Chronicle, November 2014).

Since February 1990, the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and NCTE have sponsored a nation-wide African American Read-In that celebrates diversity in literature. Hostos Community College in past years has participated in this national reading community, and, on February 29, 2016, 12:30pm – 1:45pm, we will hold our annual African American Read-In.

NOTE: On February 29, 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Academy Award, which was for her role in “Gone with the Wind;” she accepted her Oscar in a segregated “no Blacks” hotel in Los Angeles.

The college community is welcome to participate by reading a selection that can be shared within three minutes. For further information and to express your interest and chosen literary work, please contact Professor Cynthia Jones, or 718 518-6807.


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