The National African American Read-In began in 1989 and has over a million readers of all ethnic groups from 49 states, the West Indies, and some African countries gathering in schools, churches, bookstores, community centers and homes to celebrate literacy and Black American Literature. Sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the Read-In has been endorsed by the International Reading Association. Penn State Altoona has hosted an Altoona Area’s African American Read-In annually since 2000. A “report card” of the readings is sent to the NCTE to be counted in the year’s world-wide total.
Since its inception in 2000, the African American Read-In at Penn State Altoona has grown into a multi-facetted program delivering a series of events for the campus and surrounding community each February. As a national event, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English since 1989, it is a program committed to making African American literature and literacy a central part of Black History Month celebrations. Accordingly, the AARI at Penn State Altoona seeks to educate and raise awareness about the African American literary tradition, to foster diversity, to promote a love of reading, and to offer opportunities for academic and cultural enrichment to the Penn State Altoona campus and the Altoona Area community. Over a million readers nationally participate in the Read-In each year.
How to Get Involved
The African American Read-In at Penn State Altoona welcomes any interested Penn State Altoona student, staff, or faculty member to join the committee and help bring the read-in programming to our campus and area community. Contact Dr. Megan Simpson for more information at 814-949-5288 or email@example.com.
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