Sunday, February 13, 2011

National African American Read-In

The Twenty-Second National African American Read-In
Sponsored by the Black Caucus of NCTE and NCTE

Have a Read-In any day of February! Schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting and coordinating Read-Ins in their communities. Hosting a Read-In can be as simple as bringing together family and friends to share a book, or as elaborate as arranging public readings and media presentations that feature professional African American writers.

Came up with a little list of what I might read during a Read-In:

* Octavia Butler ("Butler is one of the finest voices in fiction — period." Washington Post Book World), Parable of the Sower or Kindred
* Walter Mosley, 47
* Christopher Paul Curtis, Bucking the Sarge
* Walter Dean Myers, The Righteous Revenge of Artemis Bonner
* Eloise Greenfield, Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems
* Paul Laurence Dunbar, The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar
* Joanne Gabbin, ed., Furious Flower: African-American Poetry from the Black Arts Movement to the Present
* Juliette Harris and Pamela Johnson, ed., Tenderheaded: A Comb-Bending Collection of Hair Stories
* Julius Lester, The Blues Singers: 10 Who Rocked the World
* Johnetta Cole, Conversations
* Lisa Delpit, The Skin That We Speak: Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom

More books:
* Coretta Scott King book awards
* A Horn Book list of African American books

"I have this theory that anything that happens to you that leaves you alive and intact can be used somewhere in your writing."
~ Octavia Butler

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