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African American Read-In


February 27, UNI will be welcoming nearly 1,000 first graders to campus for the 14th annual African American Read-In. The goal of this event is to celebrate African American experiences in literature, with a focus on African American authors and illustrators. 

1st graders listening to stories


Award-winning children's book author, literacy advocate, publisher, and motivational speaker Ty Allan Jackson will be speaking. Members of UNI Multicultural Teaching Alliance, students from various student organizations and majors, faculty, and staff will be volunteering to provide support to UNI’s African American Read-Ins.

Since 2016, Katelyn Browne, Rod Library’s Youth Services Librarian, has played a significant role in this event. 

Browne said: “The African American Read-In is one of my favorite annual events--it's a wonderful opportunity to share the work of talented African American authors and illustrators with first graders from around the Cedar Valley. It's also exciting to see so many UNI students, staff, and faculty volunteering to create a fun, enriching day focused on literacy and African American culture.”

Across the United States, African American Read-Ins are held during February (Black History Month) to celebrate the African American experience in literature. These events are sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English (since 1990) and the Black Caucus of the NCTE (since 1989). This year's Read-In will be the twelfth annual event for UNI.


When is this?

Thursday, February 27, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Rod Library, 1227 W 27th St, Cedar Falls, IA 60614, USA

For more information about the 2020 African American Read-in

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