In celebration of Black History Month, the English program and the Program for Learning and Community Engagement at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, in conjunction with the National Council of Teachers of English, will host “The Souls of Black Folk,” an African American Read-In, on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Eagle Lounge on the first floor of the University Center, 7101 University Ave., Texarkana, Texas.
During the month 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 an African American Read-In.
“This event is one of many national African American Read-In literacy events sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English,” said Dr. Corrine Hinton, assistant professor of English at A&M-Texarkana. “Faculty, staff, students and community members are welcome to bring passages or works of any genre, fiction and nonfiction, by African American authors and artists to share during our read-in.”
The National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month.
In the past 27 years, this initiative has reached more than 5.5 million participants around the world.
PLACE is a faculty-led program designed to create a community of learners comprising A&M-Texarkana students, faculty, staff and the community at large. PLACE chooses an annual theme around which to organize a lecture series and other activities that provide focal points for learning and discussion. This year’s theme is “Race and Ethnicity.”