African American Read-In


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Every year, hundreds of celebrations of the African American Read-In take place across the country and around the world.  These events feature the texts, talks, and discussions by and about Black / African American authors and serve as a way to recognize and amplify their work (source).

If you are interested in learning more about African American Read-Ins visit this page from the National Council of Teachers of English.

The 2023 event will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 5:30 pm in Education Building (EB) 162 & via Zoom (Passcode: 956578).

To be a reader for the 2023 virtual event, signup using this Google Form.

Past Virtual Events:

2022 African American Read-In

2022 Readers and their selections: Google Form

2022 African American Read In Padlet of Dr. Harris's Favorite Books

A Selectiton of African American Poetry Read by Dr. Allison Harris

2021 African American Read-In

The 2021 African American Read-In showcased readers from Dr. Maia Butler's ENG 110, HON ENG 232, ENG 566, and GLS 592 courses, Sean Palmer's AFN 130 class, as well as students from various UNCW Black Student Organizations.

2021 Readers and their selections: Google Form.

Our Partners

The African American Read-In event is a partnership with the English Department, Randall Library, Watson College of Education, Upperman Center, and UNCW Black Student Organizations

D.C. Virgo Lions Celebrates Black History Month!

See videos of guest readers at 

African American Read-In Galleries